In the Harry Potter movies, the Hedwig owl is one of Harry’s most faithful companions. In real life Hedwig is a snowy owl, a species that is considered vulnerable, and whose illegal traffic has increased precisely because of the success of the films.
At present Warner has licensed several shows and live performances of Harry Potter in amusement parks. The best known is ” The Enchanting World of Harry Potter “, which is represented in Universal amusement parks, such as Osaka or Beijing, and also in the United States.
In some of these shows live owls are used tied to a pedestal so that visitors can take photos with the animal.
Protego Foundation is an NGO founded by Harry Potter fans dedicated to looking after the animals that are used in the films and shows associated with the famous saga.
As we are told on VegNews, the foundation has met with representatives of Warner, and has convinced them not to continue using owls in their licensed shows.
” We learn in the Harry Potter series that owls are remarkably intelligent and sensitive birds that should be treated with kindness and respect. They should not be subjected to loud music, large crowds and flashing lights,” explains Tylor Starr, President of the Protego Foundation, on his blog. ” The Protego Foundation is very grateful to Warner Bros. and the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team for honoring Hedwig, Errol and other beloved owls by implementing such a gracious policy to help other sensitive owls like themselves.”
One of the actresses in the saga, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in the movies), applauded the decision on her Instagram .
Protego Foundation is going to launch an initiative on March 31 where visitors to amusement parks, fairs and other events that do not have to do with Harry Potter will be able to report the mistreatment of owls, to carry out protest actions.