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Quick Edit | Wisdom of owls

Quick Edit | Wisdom of owls
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First Published: Thu, Nov 04 2010. 11 40 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Nov 04 2010. 11 40 PM IST
India’s environment minister Jairam Ramesh claims the popularity of the Harry Potter films is, in part, responsible for the decline in India’s owl population. Fantastic as this sounds, it is probably the truth. Life imitates art, even popular art. Which explains why the first Wall Street film set off a fashion trend among bankers and analysts. From fashion to animal-ownership is but a small leap. A few years ago, an ad campaign for Hutch (now Vodafone) that featured a pug set off a mad rush for the dogs. Owls are a different thing altogether: catering to demand for owls from sub-teens and teens wishing to imitate Harry—and their ill-informed, but moneyed parents who are willing to pander to the Dudley at home—involves capturing them (illegally), and sometimes colouring them. Maybe the way to combat this is to create a really good series featuring a friendly Russell’s viper.
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First Published: Thu, Nov 04 2010. 11 40 PM IST