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An I-Day pledge to save their flight of joy

An I-Day pledge to save their flight of joy
Ever given a thought as to how we breathe, eat and live so freely? Like every Independence Day, this year too the young and old celebrated it by flying kites.

Though kites, for many, are symbols of freedom, but did you know that this sport curbs freedom of the original sky surfers — the birds?

‘Kite flying is a deadly sport which claims the lives of thousands of birds every year. We alone rescue more than 700 birds every year from all over Delhi,’ says Abhinav Srihan of Fauna Police, an NGO which rescues injured birds and nurses them back to health.

‘Manja [glass threads] used to fly kites, cut wings or body of birds. The trauma does not end on Independence Day, birds are found entangled in the pieces of
hanging between wires and high places which are difficult to reach even later. Such helpless birds either get hunted or starve to death while still stuck in manjha,’ he explains.

Species like eagles, pigeons, crows, eagrets are the most common victims of kite flying. ‘Each year we rescue around 20-30 birds from areas like Rohini, Safdarjung Enclave, Karol Bagh, Ghaziabad and Noida. About 90 per cent of them lose their life after struggling for hours and days hanging from trees and wires, without food and water. The heat and rain lead to a much painful death,’ says Abhinav.

The plight is increases because of unavailability of required resources for saving these creatures. ‘There are no proper shelters/ aviaries/ rehabilitation centres for birds here in India. Everybody is busy saving companion animals like dogs and cats and when it comes to wildlife, they won’t go beyond big cats, elephants and rhinos. Nobody is bothered about around 1,300 species of birds existing in India,’ rues Abhinav.

Regardless of kite flying being a popular practise on I-Day, there must be awareness among people, specially children, about the amount of cruelty involved. Following this concern, a volunteer drive is organised by Fauna Police.

Animal lovers can make their contribution towards saving these feathered creatures by rescuing and reporting them.

If you want to save some helpless birds, contact Fauna Police at 9212111116, 9868355222..
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