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People for the Ethical Treatment of Wugs

It’s time to stop experimentation on Wugs in Linguistic Labs. The majestic wug (Coturnix neologistica) has long been a favourite of linguists. Its small size, docile nature and remarkable distribution around the world have meant that it has always been easy, if morally indefensible, to pin it to a piece of paper and display it to informants.

Yet wugen are much more than mere linguistic curiosities. While previous studies have pointed out their close social structures and life-long mating, few have mentioned their capacity to feel pain. This is, of course, demonstrated by their emission of a long “wuuuuuug” sound.

Therefore, we at PETW stand ready to defend all wugii against linguistic testing, exposure to immature language users and the drawing of wugami in textbooks and articles.

Remember wuga are for life, not just for tenure.

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