With strict COVID-19 lockdowns now a memory in people’s minds, PETA India is launching an ad blitz on billboards near bird markets in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Mumbai, pointing out that caged birds endure a lifetime in lockdown and urging people to help break the bars by never buying birds from markets or pet shops.
Birds in nature are free to fly as far as they wish and to engage in social activities such as taking sand baths, playing hide-and-seek, dancing, building nests with their mates, and nurturing their young. But those kept in cages without stimulation or room to spread their wings can become depressed and withdrawn and often over-preen themselves to the point of mutilation. Some people even have birds’ wings clipped so that they’re unable to fly away.
Following a recent PETA India appeal, the central government statutory body the Animal Welfare Board of India issued a new advisory to all states and union territories to ensure the prohibition of the caging of aerial birds. Caging birds violates The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and often the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.