Put ban on 'Manja', PETA appeals to NGT
Lucknow: People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a petition on Tuesday urging to the National Green Tribunal to ban Manja or all sharp kites-flying strings throughout the country as it is very dangerous for humans and birds.
Manja is often coated with glass, metal and sharp objects.
It is not only dangerous for human but for birds too.
According to PETA,” A bird rescuer in Ahmedabad estimates that around 2000 birds including pigeon and endangered species such as vultures are injured every year during the Uttarayan festival in Gujarat in which more than 500 of them die from their injuries”.
Nikunj Sharma, Government affairs Liason at PETA said,” Manja is a menace to Public Safety, posing a life-threatening risk to humans and birds alike. PETA India is calling on authorities to make kite-flying enjoyable and safe for everyone by banning manja from the activity.”
According to Delhi Power Company Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES), “a single incident involving a kite near an electrical establishment can affect up to 10,000 customers.”
PETA said,” High courts of Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Allahabad had already banned the use of Manja in their states and many other states including Amritsar, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Indore, Karnataka, South West Delhi have also taken steps to ban the production, sale and use of Manja.”