Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was awarded ‘Hero to Animals Award’ by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for banning Chinese manja — glass-coated kite strings — throughout the national Capital, animal rights body PETA said.
In July, Hussain called for a complete ban on the sale, production, storage and import of Chinese ‘manja’, saying these sharp-edged threads not only hurt birds but also children.
Hussain received the award for saving the lives of humans and animals by banning all forms of manja throughout the Capital, it said.
“I’m humbled to be awarded by PETA India for banning the Chinese manjha in Delhi. It was a big threat to the lives of birds and also for human beings. Delhi Govt pioneered this initiative for legally banning the sale and use of Chinese manjha in Delhi. Animals have equal right to live (sic),” he tweeted after receiving the award.
Others who were awarded at the function included designer Purvi Doshi who received a Compassionate Designer Award for using only hand-woven fabrics made from plants and not leather, silk, or other animal-derived materials, the PETA said in a statement.