Groundhog Day is coming soon on this upcoming February the Twooth and PETA is not liking it one bit. No sir!
The animal rights group wants the organizers of the Pennsylvania Groundhog Day Festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil, the Groundhog-in-Chief and official predictor of winters length to be replaced by a robotic groundhog. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claim it is not ethical to keep a groundhog captive, feed him, pet and groom him and give him human love, then drag his little groundhog ass in front of crowds and news crews making a humilitating spectacle of the wee beastie.
PETA suggests that Phil be turned loose to romp and play with fellow groundhogs and possibly be eaten by a coyote.
The group would like the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club to purchase a robot groundhog.
The president and member of the clubs' secret Inner Circle tell the press, "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."
He goes on to say that PETA is not actually interested in groudhog welfair, but looking for publicity.
We will see what happens if PETA shows up in Punxsutawney with their obligatory neck'id ladies group members shouting;
"Hell no, Phil Must Go!"