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November 2, 2010

I like magic. In fact, I have friends who like magic. I also like owls because I think they are noble-looking creatures. Unfortunately, there are some people in India engaging in a different type of magic–black magic–that is devastating owl populations throughout the country.

Shaman or black magic practitioners frequently referred to as tantriks in India, prescribe the use of owls and their body parts such as skull, feathers, ear tuffs, claws, heart, liver, kidney, blood, eyes, fat, beak, tears, eggshells, meat and bones for ceremonial pujas and rituals.

The black market for owls (Owls are protected under the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act of India) has risen as a result of ceremonial reasons, or superstitious nonsense as others may call it.

The question becomes: What species will black magic practitioners wipe out after owls disappear? Because that is what will end up happening if things continue on this course.

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  1. November 3, 2010 5:57 am

    Send in the military to wipe out those red dots and towel heads. Save the owls and then drill for oil. Hoo-Rah!

    • Trung permalink
      November 3, 2010 6:41 am

      well, billy, i was thinking of something a little different. as we all know, there is an economic incentive to continue supplying these black magic practitioners with owls because they have a high demand for it; hence, they are willing to pay for it and there is a lot of money to be made. the law isn’t stopping them, so what do we need? well, your course of action is one method, but that will lead to tapping into a different resource: oil (also, is there much oil in india? i’m no expert). enforcement of the law is another method (that would require a police presence, but our discussions in the past don’t conclude it will work. i’m sure there are other ways that i am missing. i try to avert myself from violence because i think it leads to more violence.

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