Bad Ideas: PETA Wants Punxsutawney Phil Replaced By Robotic Version Of Himself

January 28, 2010


wants spring-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil replaced with by a robotic version. I can see it now: Well, did he see his shadow? I don't know, but he did kill 14,000 bystanders.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it's unfair to keep the animal in captivity and subject him to the huge crowds and bright lights that accompany tens of thousands of revelers each Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, a tiny borough about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. PETA is suggesting the use of an animatronic model.

But William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, says the animal is "being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania."

Uh, how exactly is the average child treated in Pennsylvania? Because if it's anything like a red-headed stepchild we might want to go rescue ol' Punxsutawney. And speaking of which, 'Groundhog Day'. That Bill Murray, such a riot. "Correct me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they'll lock me up and throw away the key." Wrong movie? I don't care.

PETA wants a robot Punxsutawney Phil for Groundhog Day [dailyrecord]

Thanks to Existential Extrovert, Pat, Barbara, Cambria, Melissa, Pepe La PEWPEW and Sarah, who are all smart enough to know robotic groundhogs don't even cast shadows. Or ballets. You hear me? YOU WILL NEVER VOTE!

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