PETA India files petition with NGT urging ban on 'manja'

Nashik: Animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has filed a petition urging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to ban all forms of sharp kite-flying strings called 'manja' nationwide.

"Manja, which is often coated with glass, metal, or other sharp objects poses a lethal threat to humans and animals alike. Thousands of birds are also killed every year when they are cut or trapped by manja, which can get caught on trees or buildings for weeks," PETA said in a statement today.

PETA, which filed the petition yesterday, claimed that a bird rescuer in Ahmedabad estimates that 2,000 birds, including pigeons and endangered species such as vultures, are injured every year during the city's Uttarayan festival, and 500 of them die due to injuries.

According to estimates, more than 300 birds were injured and over 100 died because of manja during Makar Sankranti in Hyderabad in 2015.