Warner Bros. bans captured owls from Harry Potter shows
This week Warner Bros. announced that its licensed Harry Potter live productions will no longer feature live owls. The company confirmed the move in a private conversation with Tylor Starr, President and founder of the Harry Potter animal rights group The Protego Foundation, which organized a campaign to protect sensitive animals from exploitation for entertainment. As part of the decision, live owls will no longer perform at any Universal Parks & Resorts location during The Wizarding World of Harry Potter show, including Osaka, Japan and an upcoming park in Beijing – or other Warner Bros. licensed shows.
“In the Harry Potter series we learn that owls are sensitive and remarkably intelligent birds that should be treated with kindness and respect. You shouldn’t be exposed to loud music, crowds and flashing lights, ”said Starr said. “The Protego Foundation is so grateful to Warner Bros. and the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development Team for honoring Hedwig, Errol, and other beloved owls by introducing such a policy to help other sensitive owls like them.”
The Protego Foundation is sending the media giant a box of owl-shaped vegan chocolate to thank them for their decision to keep owls off the stage.
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“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” was first opened in Osakain in 2014 and enabled participants to take photos with owls tied to pedestals. The Protego Foundation quickly turned to social media to uncover the practice, and the owl photo ops have been quietly retired in Osaka. To protect owls from cruelty around the world, the Protego Foundation is launching an online resource on March 31, in which visitors can report on the exploitation of owls in the entertainment industry.
To celebrate the win, vegan actress Evanna Lynch – best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series – went on social media with a congratulatory post Instagram stories.
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