Ohio Radio Station Skips Buckeye Chuck at 2023 Groundhog Day Event

Marion, Ohio, radio station WMRN-AM hosts an annual Groundhog Day event, and for years it used a live groundhog (known as Buckeye Chuck) supplied by Kokas Exotics—which is only licensed to breed and sell animals, not exhibit them. After PETA and nearly 20,000 of its supporters alerted the station that harassing a groundhog in a stressful, unfamiliar environment is cruel and that using Kokas would be illegal, WMRN didn’t feature a live groundhog at its 2023 event—for the first time in over 30 years! Buckeye Chuck’s reprieve is a small victory, but WMRN has yet to commit to making all future Groundhog Day events animal-free. Please urge the station to never exploit live groundhogs again.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind