Caged ‘Bird’ to Urge Lucknow Residents to Let Birds Fly Free

For Immediate Release:

13 August 2018


Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]

Garima Jain; [email protected]

Ahead of Independence Day, PETA India Will Remind Passers-By That ‘Birds Don’t Belong in Cages’

Lucknow – Just ahead of Independence Day, a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India supporter will pose as a caged bird against a tantalising sky-blue background in front of Gandhi Pratima in Hazratganj to show passers-by that locking birds in cages and denying them the freedom to fly is cruel. To drive home the message, the PETA India supporter will hold a sign proclaiming, “Birds Don’t Belong in Cages. Let Them Fly Free.”

When:             Tuesday, 14 August, 12 noon sharp

Where:           Gandhi Pratima, Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

“Beautiful birds are meant to feel the wind on their wings, not languish in cages,” says PETA India Campaigns Coordinator Ayushi Sharma. “As India celebrates its independence, PETA India is calling on Lucknow residents to buy a pair of binoculars and watch birds in their natural habitats instead of imprisoning them.”

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 But when they’re caged, these same vibrant animals become depressed and withdrawn.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 wing-clipping so that the animals can’t fly away, yet flying is as natural and important to birds as walking is to humans. Birds are captured from the wild, packed into small boxes, and shipped to be sold into captivity, and many suffer and die in transit, usually from broken wings and legs, dehydration, starvation, and stress.

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”– notes that the government has banned the capture of and trade in all 1,200 species of indigenous birds in India and that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, makes it illegal to keep an animal in a cage or receptacle that doesn’t offer a reasonable opportunity for movement. Reasonable movement for birds is flight. Despite these laws, birds — including munias, mynas, parrots, owls, hawks, peacocks, and parakeets — are crammed into cages and openly sold at markets.

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