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Sonam donates ‘Kind Kites’ to help prevent injuries from glass-coated manja

On the eve of Maker Sankranti, Sonam Kapoor sent a letter to Mitali Rudra, the principal of Arya Vidya Mandir School (of which, she too was a student) on behalf of PETA, to encourage the children to never use cruel and deadly glass-coated manja. In the letter, Kapoor pointed out that thousands of birds – as well as many people, including children – have been injured and killed by glass-coated manja. On this occasion, Sonam said “The kites send a positive message to children, encouraging them to prevent the suffering of birds by using only string which has not been coated with glass. I would also like to relay this message to all your students: study hard, be goal-oriented and be compassionate. You can start by showing compassion and not using glass-coated string.”


As many are aware that the manja used in kite-flying competitions is often gummed and coated with powdered and finely crushed glass, making it lethal for pigeons, crows, kites, owls and other birds who become entangled after the strings get caught in trees or on poles. Thousands of birds are killed by glass-coated manja every year, and many people have been killed by it as well.


Exclusive Copy of Sonam’s letter letters to Mitali Rudra, principal of Arya Vidya Mandir School


Ms Mitali Rudra,


Principal,


Arya Vidya Mandir,


Juhu-Mumbai


Dear Ms Rudra,


It was a privilege to have been a student at Arya Vidya Mandir School. I still fondly look back at the days I spent at your school. Today, I and my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India are writing to tell you that we are happy to donate kites to your students for Makar Sankranti. The kites send a positive message to children, encouraging them to prevent the suffering of birds by using only string which has not been coated with glass.


I am sure you agree that glass-coated kite string is harmful to birds and people (including children) and will join me in this effort to encourage children to do their part to help wildlife by rejecting glass-coated manja this Makar Sankranti. I would also like to relay this message to all your students: study hard, be goal-oriented and be compassionate. You can start by showing compassion and not using glass-coated string.


Thank you for your time. I wish you, the entire faculty and all your students a very happy Makar Sankranti!


Sincerely,


Sonam Kapoor

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