For Immediate Release:
13 December 2021
Harshil Maheshwari [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani [email protected]
Lucknow – On Sunday, acting on a complaint by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the Lucknow police and the forest department rescued 11 rose-ringed parakeets from illegal traders in the Nakhas bird market. Representatives of PETA India found the parakeets crammed into a small plastic bag in which they were suffocating and jostling for air and space. The police registered a First Information Report under Sections 2, 9, 39, 49, 50, and 51 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act (WPA), 1972, and Section 11(1)(e) and 11(2) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA), 1960. Parakeets are protected under Schedule IV of the WPA, and capturing, trading, or keeping them as “pets” is a punishable offence.
The birds are currently in the custody of the forest department and are expected to be released into their natural habitat after examination by a veterinarian and upon receiving the permission of the court.
Photographs of the rescued parakeets and A PETA India video featuring Shri Chiranjeev Nath Sinha, Lucknow’s additional deputy commissioner of police, discouraging the caging of birds are available for download upon request.
In the video, Shri Chiranjeev Nath Sinha says, “[O]n behalf of my friends at PETA India, I urge you to not to buy, sell, or cage birds. Doing so is cruel and illegal … The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, makes it illegal to keep or confine any bird in any cage which does not offer a reasonable opportunity for movement, which for bird would mean flight. Birds have a fundamental right to fly, and they belong in nature and in the sky flying free with their families, not in eternal lockdown. So remember, never buy, sell, or cage any birds.”
“Birds are born to fly in the open sky, not spend their life in a cage,” says PETA India Senior Advocacy Officer Harshil Maheshwari. “PETA India applauds Shri Chiranjeev Nath Sinha and his team for sparing these birds a lonely, neglected existence in a cage and for showing that illegal treatment of animals will not be tolerated.”
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 But when they’re caged, these same vibrant animals become depressed and withdrawn.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 they can’t fly away, yet flying is as natural and important to them as walking is to humans.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – points out that the WPA bans the capture, caging, and trading of various indigenous birds and that non-compliance can lead to imprisonment for up to three years, a fine of up to Rs 25,000, or both. In addition, caging birds violates the PCA Act, which stipulates that it’s illegal to keep or confine any animal in any cage or other receptacle which does not measure sufficiently in height, length, and breadth to permit the animal a reasonable opportunity for movement. A reasonable opportunity for movement for an aerial bird includes flight.