For Immediate Release:
9 January 2014
Rajkot – An activist wearing a costume of a bird entangled in manja string 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) India will urge children to use manja-free “kind kites”. Their point? That glass-coated manja is responsible for the injuries and deaths of humans and thousands of birds and that kites should be flown using plain cotton string. In 2010, a notification seeking a complete ban on Chinese threads and any kind of sharp strings to fly kites was passed in Gujarat, but the deadly manja is still sold and used illegally.
When: Friday, 10th January, 12 noon sharp
Where: Outside Parishram School, Opp.Crystal Mall, Kalavad Road, Rajkot, Gujarat 360005
“Most children naturally love animals and would choose never to use glass or metal-coated manja if they knew that it hurts and kills both people and birds”, says PETA India’s Grishma Myatra. “Anyone who uses cruel manja despite the ban must accept full responsibility for every bird and every human who is injured or killed by this deadly product.”
A bird rescuer in Ahmedabad estimates that 2,000 birds are injured every year during Uttarayan in the city including pigeons, kites and vultures and that 500 of them die from their injuries. Manja is also deadly to human residents. According to one news report, during Uttarayan in January 2012, Ahmedabad had reported 501 emergency cases on January 14, followed by Vadodara with 261 cases, Surat with 210 cases and Rajkot with 153 cases. The highest numbers of injuries were in the age group of 11 to 20 years.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com. A copy of PETA India’s report on damage caused by manja is available upon request.