PETA Wants Groundhog Replaced with Robot


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File this under “strange but true.” Apparently one of PETA’s latest projects is an attempt to save Punxsutawney Phil from the cruel and unusual treatment of being forced to see his shadow (or not) every February 2. They believe that the ceremony is “traumatizing and stressful” for the groundhog, and that he should be replaced by a robot.

So is there any truth in this? The president of the Groundhog Club of Western Pennsylvania says that Phil is treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania. And no one finds that troubling?

As far as PETA’s proposed solution… with the economy the way it is, probably not a great idea to be putting anyone out of work to be replaced with robots. Even if a robot groundhog would be totally awesome.

[Via Popcrunch]

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4 Responses to PETA Wants Groundhog Replaced with Robot

  1. I’m assuming the president’s comment was hyperbole.

    I don’t know about the temperament of groundhogs, but the meat of PETA’s complaint is that groundhogs don’t like large crowds of humans or all the bright, flashing lights. They may have a legitimate claim in that regard.

    Personally, I think this whole Punxsutawney Phil thing is awesome, thanks to Bill Murray. According to lore, Phil is immortal. In actuality, groundhogs live longer in captivity than out of it, so they’re extending his life AND he only works one day a year. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig to me.

  2. I'm assuming the president's comment was hyperbole.

    I don't know about the temperament of groundhogs, but the meat of PETA's complaint is that groundhogs don't like large crowds of humans or all the bright, flashing lights. They may have a legitimate claim in that regard.

    Personally, I think this whole Punxsutawney Phil thing is awesome, thanks to Bill Murray. According to lore, Phil is immortal. In actuality, groundhogs live longer in captivity than out of it, so they're extending his life AND he only works one day a year. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig to me.