demise of wild owls in the country as children seek to emulate the boy wizard by taking the birds as pets.
Ah, silly children.
there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls
Oh, so it's the parents' fault.
Researchers found that a growing number of owls were being trapped, traded or killed in black magic rituals. [...] Diwali, one of the biggest Hindu festivals, [...] It said owls were sometimes sacrificed on auspicious occasions.
Oh, right. We were talking about black magic. This article is really easy to follow.