According to the buzz with kite-flying during festivities .NGOs are trying to create awareness among kite sellers and buyers over ill-effects of Chinese and glass ‘manja’.
Which injuries to both birds and humans.
The NGOs have also set up help lines in the city to deal with injured birds this festival season.
Members of the public can call the forest department’s toll free helpline 1800 4255 364 if they find a bird injured by manja and in need of rescue.
“The Chinese strings are made of synthetic material and are hazardous to animals and birds as they do not break. They tend to cut through the wings and flesh of birds and animals,” said A. Shankaran, assistant conservator of forest (special surveillance), while calling upon people to go back to traditional cotton string.”
Due to the high tensile strength of these manjas, they can easily cut through the flesh and bone of innocent birds who often suffer injuries for days and die,”
The HSI is working in collaboration with the state forest department and other animal welfare organizations to persuade the central government to impose a nation-wide ban on the import and use of Chinese ‘manja’.