Groundhogs in Wisconsin may never see their shadow again, thanks to a new law that allows every single one of them to be hunted to death.
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill on Saturday that removes groundhogs from the state’s protected species list. But he didn’t stop there. Along with the order came the removal of all rules against killing the furry little animals. They can now be hunted year-round without any limits on how many are killed, according to Wisconsin Public Radio.
— Humane Society (@HumaneSociety) November 1, 2017
Animal rights groups from across the nation objected to Gov. Walker’s new rules. However, despite opposition from of the Humane Society of the United States, the Alliance for Animals, and Midwest Environmental Advocates, the bill became law.
On hunting, People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals writes,
Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence. Hunting has contributed to the extinction of animal species all over the world.
And now Wisconsin’s groundhogs may join that list.
Groundhogs are best known for their predictions on how long winter will be, based on whether or not they see their shadow on February 2, also known as Groundhog Day. While not particularly accurate, the annual event has made at least one groundhog a celebrity; Punxsutawney Phil.
Punxsutawney Phil is probably glad he lives in western Pennsylvania, instead of Wisconsin.