An article appeared today on insidetoronto.com’s Scarborough Mirror. The article deals with the concern of some residents about kite fighting that takes place in near by Milliken Park. I have been aware of the kite fighting in Milliken Park for the past couple of years as the Toronto Kite Festival is held there each year. Around 5 or 6 O’Clock on Saturday and Sunday the kite fighters would show up with boxes of Afghani fighter kites. All the families would attend with large platters of food and it appears to be harmless, that is until you start looking at what they use for flying line. I am pretty sure that the kite fighters are using Manja or Tar (glass coated kite line in the Afghan language). This is a huge part of the problem, you can successfully kite fight with out using glass so the Tar should be banned. Even if the kite fighters were not using Tar there would still be another problem; disgarded kite line.
Here is my take on it, for what it’s worth… Kite fighting is not the problem, people are! If you are going to fight kites then be responsible. If the fighters would just pick up after themselves we wouldn’t have a problem with people or wildlife getting injured by stray kite lines.
Complete article here
Man fears kite fighting injuries
North Scarborough residents frustrated by situation
Jun. 8, 2006
A Scarborough father who saw a bird strangle to death in string cut loose from a kite fight fears its only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured.
“Birds are flying into it and cutting their throat. (On Monday), I saw a bird caught in it and hanging upside down. It was nasty,” said Khurram Hanif, a married father of two small boys who lives in the area of Steeles Avenue and McCowan Road.
“I’ve had to retrieve string wrapped around my bumper. It’s down low enough it could get a child. The sport is not worth the risk.”
In kite fighting, participants use their expertise to try to cut the string of an opponent’s kite. Sometimes, the string is coated with tiny bits of glass.