29 mars 2010

Let them fly !

It was the title of Nashik Times about the confining of parrots and parakeets in cages by some astrologers who read horoscopes and predicting the customer’s future. These fortune cards are based on Indian cosmic system and charts: “parrots are considered auspicious and are devotees of Lord Ram. They have special powers” say the astrologers. These traditional fortune tellers with parrots can be found in streets and religious places all over the country.

Although birds are protected by the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) 1972, which makes it illegal to catch, keep, kill, buy and sell birds or damage their nests. It’s punishable by a fine and up to five years in prison. Birds are meant to fly, it is cruel to confine them.

contact : sarkarsumita@indiantimes.com


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