Kites have done immense damage to avifauna in India. Bird deaths and injuries commonplace during 'Sankrant' or the kite-flying festival held in January each year. The use of glass-coated 'manjas' or threads used for flying kites has claimed thousands of bird lives. Even though activists have managed to bring down the use of these manjas through campaigns and demonstrations, the ordinary threads too pose a risk of entanglement and death by starvation or injury. In Gujarat, where the festival is the most popular, the already endangered Gyps vultures face a grave threat from kite-flying and urgent impositions need to be made if the skies are to be made secure for our feathered friends.
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