Harry Potter die-hards threaten India’s owls

Note:  This is an excerpt of an article from MSNBC

NEW DELHI  — Die-hard fans of the best-selling Harry Potter stories are seriously threatening India’s owl population, as demands for the ultimate wizarding accessory increase, a wildlife group says.

Potter’s snow-white owl Hedwig, his trusty messenger throughout the book and film series, is being blamed by animal groups and politicians for fueling the trade in Indian owls, as fans look to mimic every aspect of their young wizard hero.

A report released this week in New Delhi by wildlife group TRAFFIC-India, which found that 15 of the country’s 30 species were for sale in markets, also blames the demand for owl parts in ancient rituals for driving the illegal trade.

The report’s author, Abrar Ahmed, said that his research was sparked when a friend asked him to procure an owl for her son’s Harry Potter-themed birthday party.

For more infomation, check it out by this link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40002937/ns/world_news-world_environment/

-Sisie Nong

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