Punxsutawney PETA: Animal Rights Organization Wants Town To Use Robotic Groundhog

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to free its famous groundhog and use a robotic animal to stop what it views as cruelty to Phil. In response, the town insists that Phil lives a better life than most children in Pennsylvania — which raises some serious questions about the lives of kids in that state that live below the standards of a large caged rodent.

Much like the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day, PETA appears locked into an endless loop of gimmick protests designed solely to gain press. In this case, it insists that caging a groundhog and exposing him once a year to lights and crowds is cruel punishment.

Of course the statement of William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, that Phil is “being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania” raises its own bizarre questions about childcare in the state.

What PETA is missing is that Phil does not simply come out of the cage but is allowed to drive and interact on the big day:

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21 thoughts on “Punxsutawney PETA: Animal Rights Organization Wants Town To Use Robotic Groundhog”

  1. phil has it better than a lot of people. plus, no one is shooting him or his lady friend-philomina.

    goundhogs are hunted a lot. phil has it made.

    go phil!

  2. Of course PETA is relevant. And so is ELF. One set is tasty and the other is a movie that starts Will Ferrell.

  3. Does PETA know that Groundhogs are killed as pests and
    that Phil gets to miss being shoot or trapped because
    of his one day of the year gig?

  4. At first I thought that this was really nuts but when I actually read the letter PETA sent to the Inner Circle, I feel they have a point. Particularly this aspect:
    “Punxsutawney Phil is forced to be on display year round at the local library and is
    denied the ability to prepare for and enter yearly hibernation. These normally shy animals—who
    are constantly on alert when they are out of their burrows—become stressed when they are
    exposed to large, screaming crowds; flashing lights from perhaps hundreds of cameras; and
    human handling.”

  5. “Cruel” might be a bit strong, but being caged doesn’t sound so nice. Still, I’m sure they have other fishes to fry.

  6. Wait, so an organization known for making publicity stunts is doing a stunt and trying to get publicity from it.

    Why do I feel like I’m repeating myself?

  7. Stel, OMG that’s horrible-LOL-OMG that’s horrible-LOL-OMG that’s horrible-LOL-repeat-etc.

  8. (I can’t help myself!)


    “Spring, er, Winter, um, Draw.”

    Yul wouldn’t screw up his line though. Because he wasn’t really a robot.

    Listen up, you PETA screwheads.

    Demonstrate how this harms the animal. Other than scaring the crap out of it that is. Keep in mind that many humans live lives of perpetual fear. Some few by choice. Most not so much. Other than the once a year groundhog porn, please PETA, show how this is cruel to care for an animal all year but for one day of terrifying photojournalism. Keep in mind some humans try to spend as much time in front of the paparazzi as possible. Sure! You can argue that the cameras steal their sprits, both in the natural world and in the environs of Hollywood and politics, but let us stay focused on the harm to the groundhog.

    Discuss amongst yourself there at the PETA offices while trying to think of your next tactic to make animal rights activists look insipid.

  9. They should retire him, replace him with the robot. Then they can inbed a computer model to help predict Global Warming. At a prediction success rate of just 39%, he is on par with the IPCC and the CRU.

    Year Prediction
    2008-09 6 more weeks of winter
    2007 Early spring
    2000-06 6 more weeks of winter
    1999 Early spring
    1998 6 more weeks of winter
    1997 Early spring
    1996 6 more weeks of winter
    1995 Early spring
    1991-94 6 more weeks of winter
    1990 Early spring
    1989 6 more weeks of winter
    1988 Early spring
    1987 6 more weeks of winter
    1986 Early spring
    1984-85 6 more weeks of winter
    1983 Early spring
    1976-82 6 more weeks of winter
    1975 Early spring
    1971-74 6 more weeks of winter
    1970 Early spring
    1951-69 6 more weeks of winter
    1950 Early spring
    1944-49 6 more weeks of winter
    1943 No appearance (WWII)
    1942 Partial shadow
    1935-41 6 more weeks of winter
    1934 Early spring
    1903-33 6 more weeks of winter
    1902 Early spring
    1901 6 more weeks of winter
    1900 6 more weeks of winter
    1898 6 more weeks of winter
    1890 Early spring
    1887-88 6 more weeks of winter

    Of these 112 predictions on record so far, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring 14 times (13%). As to his accuracy, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, he is 100% accurate.[1] However, according to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil’s predictions have been correct just 39% of the time.[7]

  10. Article: “Of course the statement of William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, that Phil is “being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania” ”

    Obviously The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals (The Humane Society’s original name and mission) needs to demand that Punxsutawney Phil be replaced with a poor, suffering child. At least one of Pennsylvania’s children could be saved from the life of misery the State must be imposing on them.

  11. I may think that there are greater concerns in this world than this animal. I may be wrong, but he/it seems to have a life of good compared to other folks, even some real people…

  12. I am urging members of PETA to be replaced with robots. Same sound bite, same issue, same ole same ole.

    I am urging the Pagans to come out in mass celebration as this was another date capitulated by the Christians for exploitation of its own agenda. This was originally a Pagan/Druid Tradition utilized by the Germans and brought to North America as Imbolc or Candlemas Day in celebration of Mary.

    It was a weather indicator for the Indians on the North American Continent. The Quakers used it as well. The original purpose has since long been forgotten.

    Candlemas, is also February second, is celebrated in various parts of the Christian world as the end of the Christmas season. As this is about 40 days celebrated especially in the Catholic and Anglican traditions. It is the feast of the purification of Mary and the feast of the presentation of Jesus in the temple, between January 28 and February 3.

    Wike starts here

    “Imbolc is one of the four principal festivals of the Celtic calendar, celebrated among Gaelic peoples and some other Celtic cultures, either at the beginning of February or at the first local signs of Spring. Most commonly it is celebrated on February 1, which falls halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere.[1] Originally dedicated to the goddess Brigid, in the Christian period it was adopted as St Brigid’s Day.[2] In Scotland the festival is also known as Là Fhèill Brìghde, in Ireland as Lá Fhéile Bríde, and in Wales as Gŵyl y Canhwyllau. [3]

    Imbolc is traditionally a time of weather prognostication, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens is perhaps a precursor to the North American Groundhog Day. A Scottish Gaelic proverb about the day is:

    Thig an nathair as an toll
    Là donn Brìde,
    Ged robh trì troighean dhen t-sneachd
    Air leac an làir.

    “The serpent will come from the hole
    On the brown Day of Bride,
    Though there should be three feet of snow
    On the flat surface of the ground.” [4]

    Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc

    Wiki above

    Since Candlemas falls half way between the Winter Solstice (first day of winter) and the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring) a superstition arose that the weather on Candlemas would indicate whether there would be an early spring or a late spring. Falling on the date midway between the start of winter and the start of spring, Candlemas was halfway through the winter.

    So Peta, get on your Cow and Ride out of Town. People Eating Tasty Animals….

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