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Groundhog Club digs in on using Punxsutawney Phil for Groundhog Day tradition

Groundhog Day is this Sunday, and the Groundhog Club says Punxsutawney Phil will continue the day's annual tradition.
Official Groundhog Handler Bill Deeley holds Punxsutawney Phil February 2, 2002 after the groundhog made his yearly weather prediction in Punxsutawney, Pa.

The Super Bowl is not the only major event happening this Sunday. It's also Groundhog Day, when Punxsutawney Phil will predict whether winter will last six more weeks.

If he doesn't see his shadow, the tradition says there will be an early spring. Yet, PETA said that Punxsutawney Phil should not crawl out of his den at all.

Instead, PETA suggested that the Groundhog Club use AI animatronics. In a letter to the club, they said groundhogs are naturally prey species and being around so many people at once can cause them to go through a lot of stress.

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They also said that the tradition lost its value in the letter and that it doesn't resonate with people like it used to.

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Yet, the president of the Groundhog Club called the idea outrageous. The club said that Punxsutawney Phil is well-cared for and that the tradition will continue.