birds of all kinds play a major role in the preservation of
a balanced eco-system. With the loss of a single specimen
or threat to a particular species of bird, nature, no doubt,
as it is confinement of lively, colourful wild birds within
suffocating limits of steel and wired cages is something of
a trendy habit among the affluent of the society.
bird species like the munia, parakeet, hill-mynah
and dove pull a large number of clients each day in the pet-outlets
of Dhaka, most of which are located at Katabon. Besides this
pet-market, several other pet-shops and mobile vans run brisk
business in and around the capital year round. Groups of floating
peddlers also take their avian stocks door to door while they
balance a pair of cages full of small, chirpy wild birds on
the enforcement of a 'wildlife preservation act' by the country's
government in 1974, trading in birds and other wild species
is thriving, putting the existing eco-system in jeopardy.
The importance of protecting nature through conservation of
wild birds remains a top agenda of the local green groups.
On the other hand, a large section of urban dwellers simply
fail to understand the significance of wildlife conservation.
While the environmentally unaware urbanites continue their
buying spree, not only are the winged creatures completely
being robbed of their natural freedom, but nature itself is
being tampered with.
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