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Do you agree with PETA's proposal for Groundhog day?

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – 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 Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, a tiny borough about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. PETA is suggesting the use of an animatronic model.

But William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, says 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.

Do you agree? Or is PETA just doing this for publicity?


Asked by mancosmomma at 5:02 PM on Jan. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • You know....its really sad. PETA is a GREAT idea in theory and yet everytime they open their PR department they look like IDIOTS. That groundhog probably lives better than WE do! LOL

    Answer by momof030404 at 5:45 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • of course they are doing it for publicity.

    Answer by Soniam301 at 5:09 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • I do not agree with PETA. The groundhog is not in any way being mistreated and how do they know what it thinks or feels? How many years has this groundhog been doing this????? And they just now are complaining????? What, no other animals anywhere in the country being mistreated right now so they have to use this as their new client????? Absolutely ridiculous......

    Answer by foreverb3 at 5:27 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • PETA's dumb. Instead of serving the cause that was initially intended for them, they're just a bunch of trouble making attention whores that have something to say about everything except for stuff that matters.

    Answer by nicolemstacy at 5:43 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • Good Grief! If this is the case, I suppose we had better throw open all the gates at the zoos.

    I sure wish they would turn their attention to the feral cat in our neighborhood. They have tried everything to catch that cat. He is a menace. He taunts the dogs, to the point that people were complaining about barking dogs. He scratched up an elderly lady when she surprised him in her garbage dumpster. No such luck though!

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 5:51 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • It's just for the attention. The bloody Happy Meal things didn't go over so well, so they need a new focus. Feb. 3, they won't be interested in Pux. Phil, because he will be back in his little den, sleeping away. Nothing for PETA to worry about then.

    Answer by 29again at 5:55 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • Groundhog's Day ... Candlemas ... St. Brigid's Day ... it's the celebration of the return of Spring.

    Previous answers have rightly noted that it's simply about publicity. ... stoopid ... but ...

    Answer by waldorfmom at 5:59 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • I never agree with ANYTHING that PETA proposes. They are idiots.

    Answer by offrdngal at 6:18 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • special...we should throw open the gates at the zoo, or at the very least not let any new animals in. Zoos are not good places for wild animals, especially the large, roaming animals.

    In regards to PETA, they are nothing but attention whores whose message has been lost because of their ridiculous antics.

    Answer by twin_mommy at 6:31 PM on Jan. 27, 2010