For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2022
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Punxsutawney, Pa. – On Tuesday, pounding on the walls of a glass box a safe distance from the walls of Punxsutawney Phil’s cramped Plexiglas enclosure at a local library, a PETA “groundhog” will highlight the importance of releasing Phil (and his companion, Phyllis) to a reputable sanctuary. The action comes after a recent PETA letter to the president of The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club that points out that this tired tradition of pretending that Phil is a meteorologist deprives him of a life, preventing him from foraging, digging, burrowing, smelling fresh air, and simply living as a groundhog should.
When: Tuesday, February 1, 12 noon
Where: 282 E. Mahoning St., Punxsutawney
“As long as he’s trapped inside a Plexiglas box, Phil will never be able to delight in the spring season that his captors pretend he can predict,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is pushing for Phil to be retired to a sanctuary, where he can enjoy a good and quiet life away from bright lights, noisy crowds, and the stress of being jostled around, which he should never be subjected to.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.