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PETA is calling on Punxsutawney Phil to retire

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on the keepers of the weather-forecasting groundhog to let him retire -- and to be replaced by an animatronic groundhog.

PETA wrote in a letter to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club on Monday that it was time for the beloved tradition to change.

Every February 2, Phil gets dragged out of his hole and held up to flashing lights and crowds in what is a highly stressful experience for him, PETA said. And his current accommodations don't allow him to dig, burrow or forage like non-famous groundhogs naturally do.

"It's no kind of life for these animals," PETA president Ingrid Newkirk wrote.

Source + Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/28/us/peta-punxsutawney-phil-ai-groundhog-trnd/index.html

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Didymus

"Today's young people are born into a world of terabytes, and to them, watching a nocturnal rodent being pulled from a fake hole isn't even worthy of a text message"

Cackling. Accurate.

Ready for people here to **** all over PETA, but I support them :applause:

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weed

when they take you out of your bed and hold you in front of blinding lights

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GypsyVida

I live near Punxsy and I always thought he was a puppet lmao

EDIT: inb4 PETA claims that Gus the groundhog (he's animated) is also held captive

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Blue Lagoon

I mean they’re not wrong 

leave that critter alone

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JourneyToAvalon

Punxa-..

Punksa-..

WHAT IS THAT

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Logan
14 minutes ago, weed said:

when they take you out of your bed and hold you in front of blinding lights

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I will murder everyone you love

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LaLa

We have one in Ontario too (Wiarton Willie :laughga:) and when I was a kid he died 2 days before Groundhog Day and they didn't have a replacement, so they brought him out in a coffin for the ceremony :rip: I would be totally fine stopping this tradition with a live animal, time for a robot groundhog  or something 

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the Devil of Pop

Generally PETA gets my ridicule but I have to agree here... the Groundhog Day tradition makes no sense in 2020. Everyone knows it has nothing to do with the weather... hell, he can't even see the actual sun. The lighting in the studio is the same every year. It's really pointless. 

How can I protect something so perfect without evil?

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