PETA appeals to Pune citizens to fly kites carefully

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On Friday, three supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India dressed as birds entangled in sharp kite-flying string (manja) and covered in “blood” will hold signs in the shape of kites that read, “Cut Out Glass-Coated Manja, Not Wings”. Their point?

Glass-coated cotton and other sharp manja are responsible for injuries sustained by and the deaths of humans and thousands of birds and should be avoided to ensure that the festivals of Makar Sankranti and Lohri are safe and fun for all.

“Sharp manja hurts and kills both humans and birds,” says PETA India Campaigns Manager Radhika Suryavanshi. “We urge everyone to say no to manja to ensure that Makar Sankranti is joyous for all, birds included,” Radhika added.

Manja, in all its forms, puts humans, other animals, and the environment at risk. Razor-sharp strings, reinforced with glass powder and metal, have a disastrous impact on bird populations. Thousands of birds are killed each year when they’re cut or trapped by manja, which can get caught on trees or buildings and remain there for weeks. These birds, including endangered animals like vultures, are maimed by manja and often die from blood loss.

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