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PETA wants to fire Punxsutawney Phil: Do you agree?

PETA is campaigning to have Groundhog Day icon Punxsutawney Phil replaced with an android version, saying that it is "unfair" to keep Phil in captivity. However, William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, says Phil is "being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania."

By Jodi Westrick  |  January 27, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I have met Phil many times (on the town square in "Punxy"), and he assures me that he continues to be happy in his role as a world famous weather man! Replacing him with a robot would only throw him into the bread line.

Posted by: Jihm | January 27, 2010 11:37 AM

While their overall goals are admirable, PETA seems to want to self destruct with really stupid stunts.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 27, 2010 12:42 PM

Nobody has to make PETA look follish they do a great job of it themselves.

Posted by: flonzy3 | January 27, 2010 1:48 PM

PETA wants to liberate my cat from the captivity of a warm house and all the food he can eat.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | January 27, 2010 1:55 PM

Considering we're talking about a group that claims that house pets are "slaves," argues against killing cockroaches, mice, rats, and other vermin because "they have rights too," and even blasted President Obama because he swatted a FLY (which is another form of vermin!), this latest escapade of theirs is impossible to take seriously! Besides, Punxsutawney Phil is a local institution and part of a fun tradition! That groundhog never has to want for a thing! Leave him alone, PETA!

Posted by: dragondancer1814 | January 27, 2010 2:10 PM

Without Phil we wouldn't have had the Great move - Ground Hog Day.

He would be dead in the Wild in a day and 1/2.

Posted by: rtreff | January 27, 2010 3:29 PM

With all due respect to PETA, I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. Groundhogs, like rabbits and squirrels, are dinner.

The fact that Punxsutawney Phil is well fed and taken care of without the threat of some annoyed farmer shooting him so that his horses don't break their legs in a groundhog den makes their situation better.

Posted by: ian807 | January 27, 2010 4:22 PM

As this story shows, PETA is always looking for new ways to make headlines.

Posted by: millard1 | January 27, 2010 8:32 PM

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While their overall goals are admirable, PETA seems to want to self destruct with really stupid stunts.
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Oh, yes, certainly you are right. PETA can not possibly compete with such a highly intelligent stunt as is having a groundhog predict the weather!!!! LOLOLOL

Posted by: edclarkcom | January 27, 2010 9:35 PM

The groundhog thing is harmless foolishness. If PETA were serious, they would be raising money for animal shelters, helping critically underfunded volunteer groups who care for abused animals, or doing useful things.

But the calendars with the naked models is kind of cute. You guys want to raise consciousnesses? Go out to Sturgis next year and talk about the evils of leather.

Posted by: Oregonpsaltseller | January 28, 2010 4:38 AM

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