The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated with a lot of joy in India, where one can find hundreds of types of colourful kites soaring across the sky. But what the people donâ€™t realise is that while flying these kites, the manja pasted on the kite thread kills thousands of birds every year, cuts their wings, damages their feathers, destroys the birds nest and sometimes cripples the others for life!
As Makar Sankranti approaches, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging people to forgo glass-coated manja in favour of what kite fliers have used throughout the ages. The glass-coated manja is also deadly for thousands of pigeons, crows, owls, kites and other birds who get slashed, wounded and killed when they become entangled in the strings.
“There is a long string of cruelty tied to the use of deadly glass-coated manja”, says PETA India’s Sachin Bangera.
A person should immediately call local fire brigade and animal protection group to help and save tangled birds. For more information, visit PETAIndia.com.