Target: Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment
Goal: Stop confining owls to small cages and subjecting them to camera flashes at the Harry Potter studio tour.
Owls at the Harry Potter studio are being confined to small cages and subjected to the constant flash of camera lights every day, distressing the poor animals who have very acute vision.
The Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesden, Hertfordshire in England is visited by roughly 5,000 people a day who take these photographs, unknowingly causing distress to the helpless animals. The trainers at the tour have been known to not handle the owls properly and one trainer allegedly told the crowd to buy their own owls because they didn’t need to have a license to get one. Other trainers have been caught on camera encouraging people to touch the owls, despite clear signs from the birds that they were frightened.
The Harry Potter franchise is widely popular around the world and this can overshadow the cruel treatment of these animals. The author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, even said, “If anybody has been influenced by my books to think an owl would be happiest shut in a small cage and kept in a house, I would like to say as forcefully as I can, ‘You are wrong.’”
While the spokesman and public relations team at Warner Bros. have tried to assure fans that the owls are treated well, the videos that have surfaced show a different story. Their distressed behavior has been caught on camera and the former head of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) wildlife department even commented on the obvious unhealthy behavior of the owls.
The desire to make a profit has been put before the well-being of these birds. Please sign the petition below and urge the CEO of Warner Bros. to put an end to this cruelty immediately.
Dear Mr. Kevin Tsujihara,
I am writing to you about the recent footage that has surfaced showing the distressed owls at the Harry Potter studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. These poor owls are being subjected to the constant flashing of cameras, which their acute vision cannot handle.
The obvious behavior of these owls chewing at their tethers and being confined to small cages is not healthy, despite what the spokesman for Warner Bros. is claiming. The Harry Potter franchise has fans all across the globe, but we can’t let animal cruelty become a routine part of experiencing the magic of this theme park tour.
I urge you to take action by giving these owls more space and not subjecting them to the irritating flashes of cameras. They deserve to be treated ethically and not as simple money-making objects.
[Your Name Here]
Photocredit: Caroline Goddard via sheknows.com