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Getting aHEAD of myself
Advisory Panel
Feb 12, 2011
Time said:
PETA has accused 'The Making of Harry Potter' tour of mis-treating owls

The successful Warner Bros studio tour of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ has come under fire for its treatment of animals.

The Harry Potter attraction at Warner Bros Studio Tour London opened in 2012 and allows fans to tour the sets, sample Butterbeer and meet animals from the franchise, including Harry’s owl.

Animal rights group PETA has accused the tour of mistreating the owls that appear on the tour. After secretly filming the tour, PETA has accused the tour operators of keeping the “distressed birds… tethered in tiny cages for hours and forced to perform tricks.”

“Confining frightened owls to tiny cages where they can only chew at their tethers in frustration goes against every message of respect and kindness that J.K. Rowling’s wonderful books taught us,” PETA director Mimi Bekhechi told the BBC.

Warner Bros Studio Tour London told the BBC, “It is essential the welfare of the birds… is of the highest standard.” They also said that they had asked the company that owns the birds, Birds and Animals, to “review this matter.”

Meanwhile a spokesperson for Birds and Animals told the BBC, “The owls are always given regular breaks and closely monitored by a vet. Now that we have had the opportunity to see the footage, we have instigated a review of the issues raised.” They added: “We will take appropriate action to ensure that the birds and animals always receive the very best care.”




avid coaster enjoyer
Sep 20, 2013
RE: PETA is now targeting Universal

Why are they talking about that and not the fact that Universal is holding extinct dinosaurs in some of their parks! I feel like PETA is just going around picking on successful corporations and just bashing them for no apparent reason. Seriously, Owls in cages for short periods of time are now a major problem? It's not like the park just leaves them sitting in the cages.


Nessie is lonely.
Silver Donor
Sep 28, 2013
Virginia Beach
RE: PETA is now targeting Universal

I believe that you need the extreme right and left wing groups (within reason) to help to maintain the center. I see PETA as one of these groups. They serve as an anchor, a place we can all point to and say, "yeah, that is over the line."
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