The vast blue sky, which has no limits and extends into space, which can never be measured, is their own. They are born to fly; born to explore. But man finds it very difficult to understand that I guess! That is why we cage birds. Why do we do it?
Many of them who have birds as pets, call themselves ‘bird lovers’. These so-called bird lovers, cage birds only because they love birds. If that is the case, then why don’t they cage the others they love too— parents, siblings and friends, for instance? Caging birds and restricting their freedom, in my opinion, is not a very intelligent way to express love. There are other ways to express love for birds. In my house, almost every day, we leave something in the windowpane for the birds to eat. These birds, mostly crows and pigeons, visit us everyday. And we derive joy from looking at the happy sight of birds from a distance.Can you ever get this joy by watching a caged bird?
And there are cases where people even chop off birds’ wings to prevent them from flying. Now what do you call that? Love? I would call this ‘the height of cruelty’. Recently, I saw that Google gives you a list of articles that teach you ‘how to clip a bird’s wings’. For once I wished that Google did not even exist. Sometimes the bird even dies when the wing clipping is not done properly. But the unlucky ones never die, and end up being with their cruel masters for the rest of their lives.
So to all the bird owners out there, if it is true that you all love birds, release them at once; let them taste freedom; let them go back to where they belong— the sky.
VIDYA, XII, AMM Matriculation HSS
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