Fewer birds were injured due to kite strings this Makar Sankranti as compared to last year,said animal lovers,citing increased awareness among the people as the reason.
Bird rescuer D K Shah and his team rescued 129 pigeons and two crows from Saturday till 6.30 pm on Sunday,but said the number was lesser this year.
Last year,we had rescued 316 birds over three days. This time,the number of kite fliers was much lesser and thus number of injuries was also lower, said Shah.
Sunish Subramanian of Plant and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) agreed and said,Awareness has really made a difference with people realising that their actions are harming birds and some even joining us in rescue operations. PAWS had rescued seven pigeons on Sunday till 6.30 pm from Thane to Powai.
Many NGOs in the city have been working over the years to create awareness about how kite-flying injures birds during Makar Sankranti and that has paid off this year. We treated more than 150 pigeons alone last year as compared to less than 100 this year, said Lt. Col (Retd.) J C Khanna,secretary of the Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The societys mobile ambulance treated 30 pigeons and seven other birds for minor injuries in the south Mumbai area on Sunday. Their animal hospital had received 60 pigeons,seven kites,seven owls,two koyals and three crows from Saturday till Sunday.
Jayprakash Jain,a bird rescuer from Borivali,said the number of bird injuries is five per cent lesser this year. I do believe that awareness among about the ill-effects of the thread used for kite flying on birds has led to this decrease, he said.