Not satisfied with seals, animal protection groups are going after groundhogs.
An animal rights group wants organizers of Pennsylvania’s Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in….
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it’s unfair to keep the animal in captivity and subject him to the huge crowds and bright lights that accompany tens of thousands of revelers each year in Punxsutawney, a tiny borough about 65 miles (105 kilometres) northeast of Pittsburgh. PETA is suggesting the use of an animatronic model.
These groundhogs are being tortured, apparently. Our first reaction reading that first bit was that these animals are probably coddled and sure enough –
the animal is “being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania.” The groundhog is kept in a climate-controlled environment and is inspected annually by the state Department of Agriculture. Deeley says PETA isn’t interested in Phil from Feb. 2 on, and is looking for publicity.
They, PETA, do like publicity don’t they and will do almost anything to get it.
We’d rather watch Groundhog Day.