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Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Karnataka Pollution Board, Praveen Sood, BBMP Horticulture, Prabhu Chauhan, Member Secretary KAWB, Karnataka Power Corporation, S Cholan MD, Karnataka Forest Environment and Ecology Department, DCF Bengaluru Urban KFD, Ravikumar Chief Secretary GoK, Forests Minister, Sports Minister, Sanjai Mohan

#Stranglehold - Stop the #KillingStrings & Enforce #ManjaBan

#ManjaKills Humans, not just birds and animals. Central and State governments have acknowledged this menace and have banned Synthetic Manja, yet its sale and use continues rampant and unchecked. How many more innocents will die? On Wednesday June 23rd, Mr. Mallikarjun KH, a software entrepreneur almost died while  riding his scooter in the busy Adugodi area , when he hit a sharp kite Manja thread that was stretched across the road, resulting in grievous injuries to his neck and hands. Thankfully, he was able to receive immediate medical attention – but we have seen so many vehicles and its unwary passengers being caught and spun against a tight manja thread. There were multiple incidents of two-wheeler accidents where riders were slashed by dangling manja thread and sustained serious injuries. On February 12, 2018, a woman in Pune died when her neck was slit by  a sharp string , a month after a 32 year old Jaipur man also lost his life. Schools will reopen soon - it is horrifying to think of innocent children being injured or dying due to this lack of enforcement. Manja has also posed a huge threat when it comes into contact with live overhead electric wires, leading to kite fliers' and others' electrocution as well as  grid failure. How many rescuers will break their necks and limbs climbing trees and buildings to rescue trapped, terrified birds. This year, a Wildlife Rescuer Sridhar fell from a height of 30ft while rescuing two birds trapped in Manja and had to spend 6 months post surgery and rehabilitation before he could walk again. Let’s also  take a moment to think about the thousands of birds who sustain grievous injuries and are entangled in manja thread, dangling in a slow agonising death across Bengaluru every day. No living thing needs to suffer such torture – just imagine if a thousand people were cut by manja thread and were hanging from trees throughout Karnataka  – would we not take this issue more seriously? The government has done the right thing by sternly banning sales & possession of manja , an unbreakable, non degradable, nylon - and yet the stranglehold continues. It's time for us to ensure that the actual enforcement matches up to the government's orders. Timeline on Government Action : 09/09/2014 Additional Secretary of MoEFCC (Hem Pande) issued D.O.17/16/2014-AWD to all States to ensure that “pucca thread made of plastic or any such synthetic material of Chinese make or other toxic materials like iron powder, glass powder etc. is not used in kite flying.” 24/06/2016 Karnataka Forest Ecology and Environment Secretariat issued an order (FEE 03 FWL, Bengaluru) imposing a ban on procuring, stocking, sale and use of nylon thread and other synthetic (non biodegradable) threads coated with glass or other harmful substances. The ban is enforceable by Forest Officers, Officers in Forest and Horticulture wing of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Pallike (BBMP) and Environmental Officers of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. 11/07/2017 National Green Tribunal (NGT) passes a judgement for orders 384/2016 and 442/2016 - “There shall be total ban on the manja or thread for kite flying which is made of nylon or any synthetic material and/or coated with synthetic substance and is non-biodegradable. All the Chief Secretaries of all the States/UTs are directed to enforce the prohibition of manufacture and use of synthetic manja/nylon thread for kite flying throughout their state / territories. The respondents are directed to ban import of any synthetic manja/nylon thread or similar thread coated with synthetic substances, in any part of the country” 12/01/2017 Supreme court - upheld the NGT ban on Synthetic Manja upon legal challenges from Manja manufacturers. 03/03/2020 Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) requested all State Pollution Control Boards/Pollution Control Committees (SPCBs/PCCs) to provide the status of the compliance of the directions communicated to Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs, SPCBs and PCCs by the Hon'ble NGT. 28/05/2020 To demonstrate compliance to the NGT directive, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) replied “There are no units manufacturing thread made of nylon, synthetic material and/or the coated with synthetic substances which is non-biodegradable for kite flying” Even though the KSPCB has replied to the CPCB that there are no units in Karnataka which manufacture nylon/synthetic thread for kite flying, nylon manja thread is openly available in many local shops throughout Karnataka and can be purchased freely without any fear of consequences for violating the NGT order or fear of any action by the Government. This #Stranglehold  needs to STOP RIGHT NOW  and we need your support. Sign our petition to have Karnataka Government enforce the NGT nylon manja ban strictly in Karnataka state.   The ASK To save lives and suffering, we require  the government  to issue the following directives:o   Govt of Karnataka must visibly enforce this ban as a criminal offense (with imprisonment and fine) to sell nylon thread/synthetic thread/thread coated with synthetic substances for kite-flying. Other states have done so, whereas not a single jail term is recorded in Karnataka as per our knowledge. In Telengana, anyone who sells or stores the hazardous threads would receive punishment of up to five years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 1 lakh. If any humans or birds are harmed due to the use of Chinese Manja, a punishment of three to five years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 10,000 would be imposed on perpetrators of the offence. Similar punishments should be strictly imposed by Govt of Karnataka for manufacturing, selling and transporting synthetic manja threads. o   Urgently set up Joint Action Stranglehold Task Force of Forests, Police, BBMP & Pollution Board, BESCOM etc  to collectively and strongly enforce this ban, and save lives. Canvas for on ground volunteers and whistle-blowers. A media blast and press conference is essential. o   GoK to institute Compensation mechanism for those affected by manja accidents- children, vehicle drivers, kite flyers and others affected whether its injury, amputation or death. Evaluate insurance for rescuerso   Karnataka State Police & other stakeholders  to be informed, trained on this issue and assertively enforce and  partner to control this cruel practice. Public needs to be educated too but also government bodies as Many in the government did not know there was an existing  tough law. o   A Manja Helpline as in other states to report offences. o   Make an example of offending stores and flyers. Enforce publically  a punishable offence (with fine) to buy, possess or use nylon thread/synthetic thread/thread coated with synthetic substances for kite-flyingo   BBMP Officers mandated to investigate, check & report compliance and cancel  licenses of violating shops immediately. BBMP should not  issue any shop license to kite shops without  KSPCB and KAWB approval. o   Publish the accredited list of kite shops that have been certified and checked to sell biodegradable and certified cotton manja.o   We support kite flying as a culture and hobby - but are against synthetic killer Manja. We request GoK to set up  2-3 Safe Kite flying areas in each district, monitored by an enforcement marshal. We have all respectfully waited for long enough. Orders have come from the Environment Ministry, Pollution Control, and most recently NGT, and supported by the Supreme Court - there can be no other reason except  the implied indifference for human and animal life , loss of revenue with grid failures that is allowing this status quo to continue. Other states are far more effective. We categorically state that we support the ancient culture of kite flying , but given the tragic losses we see, we insist on responsible kite flying.   if the Government of Karnataka resorts to strong action & enforcement, only then, will we be able to stop the senseless killing and maiming of innocent human and animal victims. Surely it's not too much to ask? Synthetic Nylon Manja (Chinese Manja, Dor, Deal) is a pollutant of the worst kind – cheap, freely available and lethal to humans and animals. Used even once, it lingers in the environment and is extremely hard to clean and keeps killing for hundreds of years. We need your support to get rid of this killer menace from Karnataka. Together let us lift this cruel, killer stranglehold #StopManja2SaveLives and keep Namma Karnataka safe. Sign our petition to make our state  accountable for keeping Karnataka safe from the killer manja menace #StopManja2SaveLives (Petitioners to include:  PCCF, Animal Husbandry Minister, Minister for  Forests, Sports Minister,  DGP Police, Chief Secretary GoK , Karnataka Pollution Board , Karnataka Power Corporation, BESCOM, DCF Bengaluru Urban-Karnataka Forest Department, Member Secretary,KAWB, DCF-BBMP Forest Cell, Director, BBMP - Horticulture and BBMP- Forests  ) Useful Links NGT judgement - Forest Ecology and Environment Secretariat Letter - NGT execution action for Manjha enforcement (with KSPCB’s response) - TOI   

Stranglehold Blr
25,467 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Shri Narendra Modi

No More 50 – Increase Penalty for Animal Cruelty In India

Dear Citizen,We are writing to you on behalf of People for Animals - Public Policy Foundation and Humane Society International/India, the country's largest animal protection organisations to request your support in urging the Hon’ble Prime Minister to increase the penalties for animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Animals across the country suffer immense cruelty every single day. Animals on the streets, in pet trade, in laboratories, in circuses, animals employed for transportation, and many others are vulnerable to constant abuse and neglect. Various studies have revealed a shocking propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offences towards human victims. This is the reason why countless instances of animal cruelty and abuse in India must therefore be seen as a forewarning.Unfortunately, the offences amounting to cruelty under the Act are not cognizable (other than animal fights, shooting animals & injecting harmful chemicals), which prevents the law enforcement agencies from taking immediate action. Additionally the offenders, even after conviction, are let off by paying a penalty of Rs 50, the penalty prescribed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The penalties under this Act, which start from Rs 10 to Rs 50 for a first time offender and Rs 100 for a repeat offender, have not been revised in the past 60 years and have long since become ineffective in deterring animal cruelty. As a result, the law enforcement agencies are severely de-moralised when people accused of heinous crimes against animals, such as killing and mutilating or torturing animals, go scot free because of the out-dated penalties.While moving the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill on 12th December, 1960 in the Parliament, the then Hon’ble Minister of Food and Agriculture Shri S.K.Patil stated: “At the outset, I may say I do not claim that this is an ideal Bill. After 70 years, we are making an attempt for the first time to put on the statute at least something that will ultimately lead us on to the ideal bill, after some years of experience.”Sadly, even after 60 years from the enactment and a great amount of experience later, the parliament has not taken up the amendment to the PCA Act 1960. The recent spate of sadistic animal abuse that has come to light includes and is not limited to skinning dogs and cats alive, hanging animals to death, sexual abuse of animals, setting animals to fire, crushing animals to death etc. In several instances videos of such acts have been put in social media by the perpetrators for popularity. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its verdict in the case of Animal Welfare Board of India Vs. A. Nagaraja, dated 07.05.2014, has also directed that penalties under the PCA Act be revised. An extract of the relevant directions is as below- Parliament is expected to make proper amendment of the PCA Act to provide an effective deterrent to achieve the object and purpose of the Act and for violation of Section 11, adequate penalties and punishments should be imposed. Parliament, it is expected, would elevate rights of animals to that of constitutional rights, as done by many of the countries around the world, so as to protect their dignity and honour.Article 51 A (g) of the Constitution of India makes it incumbent upon every citizen of the country to be compassionate towards all living creatures. In neglecting to amend the Act so as to enable it to achieve its objective i.e., preventing animal cruelty, not only do we fail to comply with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, but we also fail to fulfill our fundamental duty as prescribed in the Constitution of India.Ahimsa and compassion are integral to our culture and our being. The Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, had said “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Animal abusers being able to get away with a heinous crime of hurting a harmless animal prevents us as a country from reaching the greatness that we are destined for. Thus, it is essential to strengthen the Act and thereby redeem our culture of non-violence and compassion.We request you to support this petition to Sh. Narender Modi our Hon’ble Prime Minister and Shri Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, urging him/them to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960, by making all actions & omissions amounting to cruelty to animals cognizable and updating the penalty prescribed to inflation corrected amounts as of 2020.As a citizen of India, only you have this golden opportunity to make a difference in the lives of billions of animals, to alleviate their suffering and prevent infliction of pain & suffering on them. Please utilize this opportunity so that the amendment is made and billions of lives are made better. Sign The Petition.Thank you.Gauri MaulekhiTrusteePeople For Animals - Public Policy Foundation Alokparna SenguptaManaging DirectorHumane Society International/India

Gauri Maulekhi
356,381 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,

Help stop the brutality to our wildlife!

It was with a profound sense of sorrow and grief that I read the story of the latest wild animal to fall victim to the pathetic excuse of man-animal conflict. A majestic elephant – a gentle and human-friendly wild animal that often strolled through hamlets and villages in Bokkapuram and Mavanalla (under the Masinagudi Range and the Mudhumalai Tiger Reserve), was set upon by humans – systematically and brutally. He was an easygoing pachyderm, a lumbering, gentle giant with a very trusting nature. But that did not stop some people from cruelly setting his back on fire. A gaping wound behind one ear was another indication of the savagery that this hapless animal endured. Check out this link for the video of how this elephant sustained the burn injuries - but be warned that the video is both shocking and heart-wrenching:  Days went by and there was no succour – not even from the guardians of the forest – our much vaunted Forest Department. When help finally came, it was too little and too late. This gentle giant succumbed to his injuries on 19th January this year. I appeal to you to please sign this petition calling for a thorough investigation into the circumstances around the injuries and death of this elephant and demand that the guilty are brought to book and punished as per the law of our land. For too long we have not taken any action. For too long we have ‘swiped left’. Take a stand. Ask for justice for this elephant and for stricter investigation and punishment according to law for all those who hurt, maim or kill our wildlife. Our voiceless wildlife needs your voice. Please, sign this petition.   

Edgar Allan
1,490 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to Trivendra Singh Rawat, Principal secretary of conservation of forests, Wildlife warden, NBWL

Save 500 Trees from being chopped in Purkul,Kimadi Village Dehradun. Home to leopards,Deer

Respected Sir,  The road construction for Purkul to Kimadi has started . It is being told that this new route will connect Kandriyana, Choti bitharli, badi bitharli, under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.  But the situation is completely opposite. This route will only start from the old route of Choti bhitarli and reach all the way to Kimadi plot. Due to which the other attached villages will be completely deprived from this new road.  They will have to take the old route called the kaccha Rasta made by them.  Then why is this route being made in the first place? When the villagers can't take advantage of it.  During the construction of the road, the debris of the hillsides will be  being thrown down the mountain, due to which River Tons flowing by that supplies 40 villages a clean drinking water will soon be polluted and its existence will eventually come under threat.  This area is rich in wildlife. Many schedule 1 fauna are found and spotted here as well from the  leopards, peacocks, Hares, woodpeckers, hornbills, Deer,wild boars, moniter lizards a common sight. This construction will impact their habitat.   Hundreds of trees will also be chopped due to the construction of this road, which is not needed, so the construction of this road should be immediately stopped to protect the sentiments of the villagers and the diversity of the region. Repairment of the Kaccha road taken by the villagers will not only save time but save the biodiversity the rivers the agriculture as well.  Thanking you.  Aanchal Sharma         

Aanchal Sharma
19,016 supporters