PETA wants to change out Groundhog Day’s Punxsutawney Phil for a giant gold coin

If People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals gets its way, Groundhog Day this year would look very different.

Groundhog Day tradition has it that on Feb. 2 each year, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog given the famous Pennsylvania monicker, is able to predict whether there will be an early spring or whether winter will continue for another six weeks. 

PETA, the animal advocacy group, sent a letter this week to Punxsutawney Groundhog Club President Tom Dunkel offering to send a large gold coin to be used in place of a groundhog.

Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog. | (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

“Groundhogs can’t make heads or tails of the weather forecast and shouldn’t be jostled around by large members of a different species and thrust in front of noisy crowds for a photo op,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said. “PETA
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