Worldwide novelist and philanthropist J.K. Rowling is taking to Twitter and it’s not about a book or movie release.
The famous author recently got word of a story regarding something not quite as fantastical, but more, as she said, “disturbing”.
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Fans of the legendary Harry Potter books have been discovered to be keeping wild owls as domestic pets. As cute and cuddly as these nocturnal birds of prey may be, Rowling wants fans to know they aren’t meant to be kept indoors.
I’ve just read a very disturbing story about owls kept as pets. Much like making Horcruxes, this practise belongs in fiction. Please don’t.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 25, 2017
According to AllThatIsInteresting, the sale of owls in the bird market, before the Harry Potter movies were released in 2001, was in the low hundreds. However, everything changed when fans saw the magical bond between Harry and Hedwig. By 2016, 13,000 owls were being sold each year. The snowy owl is the one facing many threats, but many other owl species have started to see a decline. Any ‘Harry Potter’ fan can confirm a deep love for Hedwig and the devastation that was felt when she died in the first half of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’ But, as Rowling tweeted, “this practise belongs in fiction.”
The sad part is that this is not the first time for something like this to happen.
In the past month, Game of Thrones fans have been found guilty of something similar.
If you know GoT then you know the fierce, fictitious creatures known as dire wolves. More wolf-like than domestic, the dire wolves (translated to “fearsome dog”) have the show’s fans going crazy. So crazy that they are out buying Siberian Huskies due to the close similarity in appearance. Although Huskies are more like pets than a large gray wolf, they have been turning up abandoned or left in shelters by the owners. Once eager buyers begin to notice problems like shedding, need for exercise, and their endless supply of energy, they can’t keep up with the responsibility.
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Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, recently put out a statement to PETA about the canine epidemic and its harm.
“Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these Huskies are being abandoned,” the vegetarian and dog owner explains. “Make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”
This trend has happened in the past with movies like Legally Blonde, 101 Dalmatians, and Finding Nemo. There is excitement at first, but it doesn’t last long once the novelty wears off.
So before you have dead mice, owl poop, and dog hair all over your house, think reality before fiction.
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