by Barry S. (NWM Staff Writer)
Groundhog day is highlighted by the appearance of those American favorites Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck to check out their shadows. Now PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants to replace the groundhog with a robot. According to the NY Daily News, PETA said "tradition is no excuse for cruelty." PETA feels that an animatronic Phil would be just as good and allow the real Phil (or Chuck) to retire. The Staten Island zoo said Chuck is a celebrity and they'd never dream of replacing him. Reps for the Caddyshack gopher had no comment on the matter.