PETA Says Robot Should Sub For Groundhog

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An animal rights group is calling on keepers of the country's most famous groundhog to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot. PETA says it's unfair to subject the creature to the bright lights and huge crowds that mark this Feb. 2 tradition. Organizers of the festival say Phil is fine — living better than other groundhogs in his climate-controlled environment.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. Im Renee Montagne. Controversy popped up along with a groundhog today. An animal rights group is calling on keepers of the country's most famous groundhog to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot. PETA says it's unfair to subject the creature to the bright lights and huge crowds of curious that mark this February 2nd tradition. Organizers of the festival say Phil is fine living better than other groundhogs in its climate-controlled environment. By the way, he saw his shadow.

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