Harry Potter May Be Causing Indian Owl Shortage

first_imgThere’s an owl problem in Indian–a problem named HarryPotter. Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh is drawing attention to hiscountry’s decreasing number of wild owls, and he’s placed the blame squarely onthe shoulders of the little British wizard.According to Ramesh, children in Indiaare taking wild owls as pets, to be a bit more like their hero. “FollowingHarry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urbanmiddle classes for presenting their children with owls.”  Wildlife group Traffic is asking for Indiato impose tougher laws, in order to protect the birds. The organizationpresented a reported titled “Imperilled Custodians of the Night,” whichsuggested that the owls may, in fact, also be sacrificed by non-Harry Potterfans.last_img