Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania, a tradition since the late 1800s, involves a small mammal, Punxsutawney Phil, to predict the severity of the next winter.

PETA, a conservation organization, has expressed disapproval of this tradition and has recently appealed to save Punxsutawney Phil.

 PETA proposed sending a gold coin to the president and leaders of the Groundhog Club, highlighting the credibility of a groundhog's prediction.

Groundhogs cannot understand weather predictions, thus PETA advised bigger people not to handle them violently or put them in front of noisy audiences.

 PETA's letter to Groundhog Club President Tom Dunkel suggests a retirement party for Phil and a ticket to a reputable sanctuary.

 Alternatives to Groundhog Day include using a persimmon tree, an animatronic Phil equipped with artificial intelligence, or substituting Phil with a human activist.

Live, stuffed, and taxidermied groundhogs are also employed for entertainment and unreliable weather prediction.