Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Weird News or just funny....

Seriously, I can't believe how crazy some of these groups get. I suspect they all start out with great intentions but somewhere along the road they collect a few dollars and "bingo" they want to save the world... the good news here is when they toss our pie throwing Miss McCoy back to the States where she belongs just maybe she'll be kept busy looking for some shadows.... if PETA really believe they are helping the animal world here by chasing down an “old custom” that is totally harmless then these guys are really “weird”...
PETA proposes robot groundhog
January 27, 2010
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - An animal rights group wants organizers of Pennsylvania's Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in.
According to the longtime tradition, if Phil the groundhog sees his shadow on the Feb. 2 unofficial holiday, then there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not appear to see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
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 year in Punxsutawney, a tiny borough about 65 miles (105 kilometres) 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." The groundhog is kept in a climate-controlled environment and is inspected annually by the state Department of Agriculture.
Deeley says PETA isn't interested in Phil from Feb. 2 on, and is looking for publicity.

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