Indore : The unforgettable quote of Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated, but honestly most of us do not care about the animals and birds, which live in the environment with us.

Good number of birds fall prey to the glass coated Manjha, which is used to fly kites on the occasions such as Makar Sankranti, Republic Day, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan etc.

Kite-flyers try to cut the thread of other kite-flyers by using sharp threads, which are given a cutting edge with the help of glass-coated threads popularly known as Chinese thread. During the kite-fights, these threads rub against each other and the stronger thread, which remains connected to the kite, which flies high in the sky, cutting the weaker thread which is connected to another kite. Finally the kite with the weaker thread lands down.

Now, the thread flying high in the sky is not very much visible to birds, which fly freely in the sky, just to find themselves injured and wounded on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Dr. Uttam Yadav, Health Officer at IMC said, “We rescue nearly 20-25 birds every year, which get injured because of the ‘manja’ but many of these birds die on the spot as the manjha slits their throats, legs or wings.”

“In the zoo Black Kites, Hawk, Parrots, Pigeons, woodpecker and many other birds are present, which can not fly due to injuries caused by these manjha. People flying kites should make sure that they do not use the glass-layered manjha, as it harms the birds” , he adds.

Many NGO, veterinaries are urging people that they avoid using the so called Chinese Thread during mornings, when the birds leave their nest in search of food and in the evening when they return back.

Dr. Sudhir Khetawat, veterinary doctor said, “In our city hundreds of birds die every year on the day of Makar Sankranti and the glass coated thread is proving deadly for these birds.”

If people will get bit aware and do not fly kites when the birds goes back to their home, many bird-deaths can be avoided, Khetawat added.

An activist of Animal and Bird Welfare Society, Shiv Raghuvanshi said, “People now are aware of these facts that their celebration on Makar Sankranti kills little birds. So at least the flyers should fly in open area where no bird gets injured”. A little precaution could make the festival happier for all.

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