Dadra and Nagar Haveli Bans Caging of Birds

For Immediate Release:
19 August 2016

Nikunj Sharma; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari;[email protected]

PETA Appeal Prompts Local Authorities to Issue Circular Enforcing Birds’ Right to Fly Free

Delhi – Following an appeal by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to the government of Dadra and Nagar Haveli urging it to ban the caging of birds, local authorities recently issued a circular to ensure that “birds are set free whenever they are found in captivity in inhuman[e] conditions”.A copy of the circular is available upon request. PETA’s appeal comes after a judgement passed by the Honourable High Court of Gujarat, which banned the caging of birds, saying that “[i]t is the fundamental right of the bird to live freely in the open sky” and “[t]o keep birds in cages would [be] tantamount to illegal confinement of the birds”.

“Birds are meant to fly free and be with others of their own kind in a natural environment”,said Nikunj Sharma, PETA India’s government affairs liaison. “PETA is calling on everyone to alert authorities immediately if they see a bird being imprisoned in a cage or any other animal being mistreated.”

The Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, has also issued a letter to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and the Director General of Police of all states and union territories urging them to ban the caging of birds in their areas.

As PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours for entertainment” – pointed out to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration,caging birds violates The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and often The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.Many birds are torn from their families and denied everything that is natural and important to them so that theycan be sold as pets in India’s black-market bird trade. Fledglings areoften snatched right out of their nests, while other birds are caught in traps or nets that can seriously injure or kill themas they struggle to break free. Captured birds are packed into small boxes, with an estimated 60 per cent of them dying in transitas a result of broken wings and legs,thirst, or sheer panic. Those who surviveface a bleak life in captivity, often suffering from malnutrition, loneliness, depression, and stress.

PETA India advises anyone who has a bird they would like to set free to do so only by working with a local forest department or an animal-protection group.

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