PETA Vs. Punxsutawney Phil

It seems the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are now trying to save Punxsutawney Phil.

You know him. He’s the groundhog that is used in Pennsylvania every Feb. 2 to tell us how much more winter we’ll have to put up with.

PETA says it’s unfair to keep the groundhog in captivity and subject him to the huge crowds and bright lights every Groundhog Day. Instead, PETA thinks the organizers of the event should replace Phil with a robotic stand-in.

Organizers say Phil is treated with the best care possible. He even has his own climate controlled environment which is inspected by state regulators every year.

So what do you think about PETA’s request for a stand-in? Is it just their way of getting more publicity? Or do you think Punxsutawney Phil really is mistreated?

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15 Responses to PETA Vs. Punxsutawney Phil

  1. Joy says:

    I can’t stand groups like PETA. I think they are a bunch of “do-gooders” who have nothing better to do than bully other people into doing what they believe in. If I want to eat meat, I’ll eat meat and if I want to wear a fur (which I have no desire BUT), I will. They have no right to throw things on people or order anyone else around as long as no laws are being broken.

    I think Phil is probably the most spoiled and well taken care of ground hog in the world and think he’s just fine. He never acts panicked or mistreated. I think PETA needs to get a life and quit finding ways to protest what other people chose to do.

  2. SKL says:

    PETA – I thought that stood for “people eating tasty animals.”

    PETA seems to be in the news more often for hurting animals (and people) than for helping them.

    Aside from the fact that they are not living in reality – and yes, they are big bullies.

  3. Joy says:

    I mean really…look at this ground hog and tell me he looks stressed and panicked during this celebration.

  4. Laura says:

    I have no respect for PETA. None. I’ve seen plenty of abused and abandoned animals, and plenty of rescue groups working with them, and not a single sighting of PETA anywhere.

    What they do, they do for publicity, bottom line. They need to sit down and shut up, and let real rescue groups do the good work that they do.

    And Punxsutawney? I’d love to have that rodent’s life!!

    (and on a completely unrelated note, who decided that’s the way “Punxsutawney” should be spelled? It looks like someone dropped the alphabet and that’s the way the letters fell)

  5. Sue says:

    I am not a PETA fan either. Really, what do they do other than cause a commotion and get nothing accomplished?

  6. PETA do seem to overdo it… I’m all for kindness towards animals, and I’m all for animals not being used to test things like beauty products – but this is just really very ridiculous.

  7. Nikki says:

    I think PETA are a bunch of publicity hungry hypocrites. I can’t say anything anyone already hasn’t said. This is ridiculous! That ground hog is probably so spoiled! I’m always on the side of the animal, but I’m also on the side of freedom of choice. I don’t hunt, but I don’t judge others that do. To each their own!

  8. Just a Mom says:

    I can’t stand PETA. They come out every now and then when they are running out of money and start spouting off about stupid things like this!
    Leave the poor ground hog alone and go find your own hole to climb back into!

    There I feel better now! 🙂

  9. Tessa says:

    I don’t know anything about PETA really, but it seems many animals can be raised from birth as trained to be around crowds and do just fine. They can still be loved that way just like a dog or cat.

  10. Laura says:

    I still chuckle whenever I think of PETA protesting KFC…… AT A NASCAR EVENT!!! (I think it was Daytona, of all things)

    Can you think of anything more absurd? Going down south to protest fried chicken at a NASCAR event. They were laughed out of the stadium.

    • Joy says:

      I have such a huge chip on my shoulder where PETA are concerned. When they threw that blood on those people wearing fur it made me think who do they think they are?

      I also saw Phil on several different broadcasts yesterday and for a “scared” animal, he acted like he had the world at his feet.

  11. bimbo smitty says:

    all they are asking you to do to treat animals the same way you would a human. personally, i eat animals however i will never be self delusional and think i do not cause suffering and pain to the animals i eat. therefore, i think vegans are morally SUPERIOR to me. To balance this delema i take it one step further in that i believe as long as people are animals, there is no moral reason why they can not be eaten by other animals (humans included) as well. there is nothing i love better than watching a news story where animals eat their “trainer” or an elephant breaks down, has had enough, and pounds some innocent human’s head into cement.

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