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Avoid Manja -save piegons
mahesh agarwal | 14 Jan 2011

Every January Hyderabad City sacrifices thousands of its birds to the thrill of kite-flying festival. The festival of kite flying is popularly known as Makar Sankranti and this traditional festivity proves fatal for thousands of birds.

OURS IS a youth based activist group/ association founded to work for animal rights and welfare on animals. Sahayog speaks on behalf of all animals that are being victims of abuse, beating, ill treatment, captivity, over loading and all types of cruelty.

Every January Hyderabad City sacrifices thousands of its birds to the thrill of kite-flying festival. The festival of kite flying is popularly known as Makar Sankranti and this traditional festivity proves fatal for thousands of innocent flying creatures. Injuries to birds are mainly caused by glass coated threads that cut though flesh and bones of these birds. Birds brought to the amp have deep cuts, gashes and injuries and even glass pieces embedded in their bodies. With more kites competing for space with birds, the number of hits has risen over the years.
 
What makes matter worse is that people continue to use dangerous strings, totally disregarding the harm they cause to the birds. Kite strings are coated with colors and powdered glass to make deadly manja. Not all birds entangled in manja are lucky enough tobe rescued. Many birds as well as humans have been seriously injured by manja.

We request/urge the citizens to follow certain Do’s and Don’ts during the kite flying festival.

Do not fly kites from glass coated manja. The compassionate solution is not to fly kites at all or shift to the simple thread without any glass and iron coatings.
Always disposes the left over pieces of manja in a more careful manner so that the birds are not entangled in the manja. Fly your kites on open grounds.

Never turn a blind eye on an injured bird, please call us for help or report birds found hanging from trees on Sahayog's helpline number 9394005600.

Bring injured birds to the nearest veterinary doctor or to the nearest pigeon treatment centre. For details contact our helpline.

Use uncoated string (instead of manja) to fly kites during makar sankranthi. Volunteers from Sahayog Organisation, Bharatiya Prani Mitra Sangh, NS Ahluwalia Animal Sanctuary, Prani Mitra Ramesh Jagirdar Foundation will be on move on two wheeler in and around Hyderabad city and attend to the injured birds till 16th January evening.