(CNN) – The world’s most famous groundhog could lose his job to a robot.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking that Punxsutawney Phil be replaced by an animatronic groundhog.
Phil is Pennsylvania’s famed weather-forecasting rodent who predicts the onset of spring every year on Groundhog Day.
PETA objects to the conditions of Phil’s captivity and believes the Groundhog Day event is too stressful for him.
According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s website, he lives in a man-made, climate-controlled and light-regulated zoo.
(This story was originally published on January 29, 2019)