A group of canaries have put their tiny talons down once and for all and are claiming they have the most hazardous job in the world, and should have a place in line for various government concessions.
"It'h true," says a canary known only as Precious. "The time hath come for all canarieth to thpeak in unithon on this very important matter. For over one hundred yearths, our rapid heartbeats were thilenced ath thwee were put in a mine with only carbon monoxthide to breathe, while humanth hung around outthide the mine hoping we would die so they wouldn't have to work that day. No longer will we thtand for such inhumane thtreatment."
Precious went on to say, "Also, we are going to copyright the politically incorrect term, Canary in a Coal Mine, and bury that thucker for good."
The noisy protestors are not going unnoticed on Capital Hill. Republicans have already denounced complaining canaries as another interest group strutting around looking for an entitlement.
"The next thing you know, they'll be wanting 40 acres and a mule," joked a Republican Congressman.
The Democrats are listening and are busy taking internal polls to find out if there are enough voting canaries to give a crap about, and will make a statement after the poll results are in.
Ed. Note: You can follow the goings-on of the canary protest group by watching for new posts on guess where-Twitter...