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"Operation Free Sky" launched in Jaipur to save birds from injuries during Uttarayan kite flying season
The campaign "Operation Free Sky" has been launched in Jaipur jointly by the Rajasthan Forest Department, Pashu Karurta Nivaran Samiti, animal welfare NGOs and activists to minimize the injuries to birds and save the wounded birds with timely treatment. The campaign will last till January 15.

The activists will be going around various schools and make students to pledge for a green festival. The students are being asked not to fly kites in the morning and evening times; not to use heavy kites; and not to use the plastic thread and manja thread.

They are being trained how to rescue injured birds and give them the first aid before bringing them to hospitals or treatment camps. Also, a signature campaign and a pledge administration during morning assembly of schools are carried out.

The animal welfare activists advise that one should pick up the injured bird by grasping it gently around the shoulders so that the wings are held against the body and cannot flap and be placed in a cardboard box with a soft cloth or paper napkin on the bottom and a cover on the top. The second way to catch the injured bird is put lightly a small towel over it and holds it from the shoulders.

Similarly, various websites are also advocating for green festival. "You will get a new kite, where will this bird get a new wing or life from? Please save the birds, don’t fly kites, if you have to, please don’t use glass manja!" says 'gogreen' website.

"With Uttarayan round the corner, birds run the risk of losing their lives to killer manjas hanging in the air. There are now many groups which want to save the birds injured by manja. Every year over 2,500 bird rescue calls are received by different non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in January.

Despite the best efforts of the volunteers, not many injured birds, however, survive from the cut of the killer manja, which also prove fatal to two-wheel riders. So stop flying kites and save birds and humans," writes 'SaveJainism' website.

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