India has a problem with owls being killed and captured for use in rituals. The breeds in question number fifteen, including Rock-Eagle Owls and the smaller Spotted Owlet. Tantriks, or witch doctors in India, support the use of owl organs and body parts in ceremonial rituals.
Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon. Minister of Environment and Forest said at the launch, “Diwali should be a time for celebration across our nation, not one when our wildlife is plundered to feed ignorant superstition. India’s wildlife already faces many pressures; the additional burden of being killed out of ignorance and fear is not one that has any place in our modern society”.
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