Hyderabad: The animal welfare volunteers and officials from the Forest Department have rescued 28 birds entangled in the synthetic thread between January 5 and 15 during the ongoing Sankranti festival.
Out of the 28 birds, the animal volunteers said, 8 birds have died while 11 birds, including 4 pigeons, 5 eagles and 1 parrot were rescued and released later. The remaining 9 injured birds were shifted to animal shelter for treatment.
The animal volunteers and Forest Department officials also seized 118 kilograms of synthetic manja from traders in Hyderabad that were put on sale for kite flying during the Sankranti festival.
The mobile squads of volunteers and Forest officials conducted search at over 250 shops that were selling glass coated synthetic manja, which was banned by the National Green Tribunal and the Government of Telangana.
According to the animal welfare officers of Greater Hyderabad Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GHSPCA) and People for Animals (PFA), the number of bird injuries is seeing a dip every year.
“There is definite improvement due to the ban of synthetic manja. People who fly kites do not want to see birds getting hurt from manja thread. Last year, close to 57 birds were injured and this year the number has come down,” said Soudham Bhandari of GHSPCA.
Animal volunteers have urged people to remove the tangled remains of kite flying thread from their premises. “House owners should check roofs and trees for tangled kite flying threads as there is every possibility of a bird getting trapped. So, if we remove such thread, we can save lives of birds,” Soudham Bhandari said.
According to the Forest officials, the banned Manja is not displayed openly in shops, but sold clandestinely. “Compared with earlier years, the quantum of sale of banned substance has come down significantly. Sellers and buyers are more aware of the ill effects of this substance,” they said.
To alert about trapped birds and manja: 88867-43881/85559-55202.