Tamil Beauty Wants Fans to Know – Cages Are Not for Birds!
For Immediate Release:1 November 2012
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Mumbai – You've seen her doing magic on the silver screen, but you've never seen her as she appeared earlier today at a photo shoot for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Dressed in white attire to resemble a bird, Kollywood's and Tollywood's sizzling hottie Priya Anand held a bird cage in her hand and stood next to a placard that reads, "Let birds Fly Free. Don't Cage Them". Her point? That birds were born to be free and that locking them in cages and denying them their freedom and the opportunity to fly is cruel. The compelling ad was shot by leading photographer Sunder Ramu, and the stunning outfits were designed and styled by Chaitanya Rao.
"Birds are born to fly free, and no one should steal their freedom from them", says Anand. "When they are captured and put into cages, smart, sentient, fun-loving birds become depressed and withdrawn. If you love birds, enjoy them by observing them in nature, where they belong. Remember: birds enjoy their freedom as much as you enjoy yours."
The comedy-drama English Vinglish marked Anand's debut in Bollywood. Her performances in the Telugu hit Leader and the Tamil films Vaamanan and Nootrenbadhu were publicly acclaimed. Soon, she will be seen in the much-anticipated Ko Ante Koti and Ethir Neechal opposite Siva Karthikeyan
In nature, birds engage in social activities, such as taking sand baths, playing hide-and-seek, dancing, building nests with their mates and nurturing their young. But when they're caged, these same vibrant animals become depressed and withdrawn. They often over-preen themselves to the point of mutilation. Some people force birds to endure painful wing-clipping so that the animals cannot fly away – yet flying is as natural and important to birds as walking is to humans. When birds are captured and packed into small boxes for shipping, many die in transit, usually from broken wings and legs, thirst, hunger and stress.
Keeping birds in cages is also often illegal. The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and the amendment added to it in 1991 ban the capture and trade of all 1,200 varieties of indigenous birds in India. Despite the law, 300 species of birds are openly sold in markets, including munias, mynas, parrots, owls, hawks, peacocks, parakeets and other species.
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