PETA Calls for Robotic Punxsutawney Phil
PETA, ever mindful of animal abuse, seems to think that Punxsutawney Phil, the national weather forecasting mascot of Groundhog's Day, should be replaced by a robot. They claim that the animals are generally shy and believe he should not be "trotted out to face human handling and hundreds of noisy people, flashing lights and cameras."
Bill Deely, Groundhog Club president, says that Phil not only gets a yearly checkup, but lives in a zoo enclosure with both heat and air conditioning. "He's treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania," Deeley said. Hmmm. He does look a bit shell-shocked in this photo.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at January 28, 2010 8:50 PM
He has a point in saying that the animal is probably treated better than most kids but once a year phil has to go through the gauntlet of media torture. I don't know how detrimental it really is to phil but there certainly is no physical abuse involved. A robot version wouldn't do the same thing anyway.