English Vinglish beauty Priya Anand wants fans to know that cages are not for the birds! Dressed in white attire, Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood hottie Priya Anand took part in a PETA campaign to point out 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 campaign was shot by leading photographer Sunder Ramu, and Priya’s beautiful outfit was designed and styled by Chaitanya Rao.
“Birds are born to fly free and no one should steal their freedom from them”, says Priya Anand. 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 But when they’re caged, these same vibrant animals become depressed and withdrawn.
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. In spite of this, 300 species of birds are openly sold in markets, including munias, mynas, parrots, owls, hawks, peacocks, parakeets and other species.