For Immediate Release:
11 January 2018
Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
PETA and PAHAL Urge Public to Use ‘Kind Kites’ to Spare Birds on Lohri and Makar Sankranti
Jalandhar – On Friday, an activist dressed as a bird entangled in sharp kite-flying string (manja) and coated with blood will hold a sign in the shape of a kite that reads, “Cut Out Glass-Coated Manja, Not Wings,” as members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and PAHAL urge passers-by to use manja-free “kind kites”. Their point? That glass-coated cotton and other sharp manja are responsible for the injuries and deaths of humans and thousands of birds and that only kites with plain cotton string should be flown.
When: Friday, 12 January 2018, 12 noon sharp
Where: At the entrance of MBD Neopolis Mall, BMC Chowk, Jalandhar, Punjab
“Glass- or metal-coated manja hurts and kills both humans and birds,” says PETA’s Ayushi Sharma. “Anyone who uses manja despite this warning must accept full responsibility for the suffering every bird and human who is injured or killed by this deadly product.” MBD Neopolis Mall is proud to support PETA’s initiative of saving birds from deadly glass-coated Manja.
Thousands of birds are killed every year when they’re cut or trapped by manja, which can become caught on trees or buildings for weeks. Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir bird hospital in Delhi treated 500 birds who were injured in just three days around Independence Day celebrations in 2016. A bird rescuer in Ahmedabad estimates that 2,000 birds – including pigeons and endangered species, such as vultures – are injured every year during the city’s Uttarayan festival and 500 of them die from their injuries. And according to estimates, more than 300 birds were injured and more than 100 died because of manja during Makar Sankranti in Hyderabad in 2015.
In March 2017, a man in Chennai died after his throat was cut by sharp manja while he was riding a bike. On 15 August 2016, three people – including two 3-year-olds – were killed in Delhi when their throats were slashed by manja. And recently, three people died while riding motorbikes when their throats were cut by manja, including a man in Ghaziabad in July 2016, a man in East Delhi in August 2015, and a 5-year-old boy who was riding with his father in Chennai in 2015.
In response to PETA’s petition calling for a nationwide ban on all forms of manja, a bench of the National Green Tribunal passed a final order banning the use of synthetic and nylon manja, also known as Chinese manja. PETA continues its work to protect birds and humans from not only synthetic and nylon but also all other forms of sharp kite-flying strings.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com. A copy of PETA’s report on the damage caused by manja is available upon request.