Owls Don’t Belong in Nightclubs

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Barn Owl_miniNews that a pop-up “owl bar” – at which live owls would be handled by cocktail-sipping members of the public – is supposed to be coming to London in March has rightly been met with outrage by everyone who cares about animals’ well-being.

Animals and clubs or cafés don’t mix. The loud music and bright lights at nightclubs are extremely stressful to animals. It would be hard to think of a more frightening experience for owls, who have especially acute hearing and vision, than to be surrounded by intoxicated, caterwauling humans at a bar.

The notion of raising money to protect owls in nature – which is what part of the proceeds will supposedly go towards – by terrifying owls in captivity is absurd. The kindest place for owl enthusiasts to admire these birds is in their natural environment, not at a London nightspot where they’re used as props or playthings.

Most wild animals used for tacky PR stunts are carted from venue to venue and forced to live inside small cages for the majority of their days. They are often victims of harsh, abusive training methods, and when they are no longer useful or get too big, many of them end up abandoned or sold to the highest bidder. It adds nothing to a night out to gawk at terrified animals, but for the animals, it’s a living nightmare.

Speaking out against such cruel attractions can often be highly effective. Just last week, Paris’ five-star Hôtel Plaza Athénée promised never to use live animals again after hearing from PETA France.

If you ever learn of any planned event involving live animals, please contact the organisers and ask them to change their plans. Let us know as well by e-mailing [email protected].

Comments

  • RV commented on February 26, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Don’t use animals for entertainment and decoration!

  • stella kordun commented on February 26, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    This is outrageous news. Why oh why do animals come last in commercial considerations?

  • rachel merser commented on February 26, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    who ever thought this was a good idea!

  • Anni Cree commented on February 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    this is an outrage Owls need to be free not in a bar with cigarette smoke and negative waves it will surely kill the Owl

  • cristina mendes commented on February 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    this is cruel. pls end it

  • Beatrice Brueckner commented on February 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Owls Belong in the wild!!! PERIOD !

  • Connor Whyte commented on February 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    This is a disgrace owls are not toys or attractions they are animals and they have feelings just like you or me. Please don’t do this.

  • Jasmina commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

    This is a disgrace. Please don’t do this!! Whenever you have such a stupid idea, just imagine how would you feel being treated this way, and if you are at least a bit compassionate you won’t go ahead!! Also tell your family and friends and educate them on such issues.

  • Laura Kaye commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Are your club ideas really so boring that you have to involve animals? Especially owls with very acute hearing and sight. Imagine how horrible the environment will be for them. Not to mention they are wild animals. People who have no animal experience or people that may even be drunk, should not be handling wild animals. Next I will be hearing that you’ve done something cruel like de-claw them, burn the point off their beak or drug them (make them appear calm) to make it “safe” for the public. What about the owls and their welfare? Please think of something else to do that doesn’t involve animals, or don’t do it at all. Thank you.

  • Christine Graham commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Why in the hell would you think that this is acceptable! It is insane & stupid behaviour! Appalling & disgusting. Leave all creatures smarter and more beautiful than you ALONE!

  • Glynis Nicholson commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Who, for crying out loud came up with this crazy & cruel idea ??

    Owls do not belong in this kind of environment.

  • Iselin commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

    This is disgusting. Don’t use animals to get business!! Please stop this.

  • Jamie gaskell commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Animals are not toys.

  • Jade Bryant commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

    This is outrageous. I am completely fed up with seeing businesses, companies, whatever else, use animals for entertainment or fashionable purposes.
    This idea has no meaning or relevance, the two ideas are completely opposed. Why try to put them together?
    Firstly. For a lot of owls, you need a permit. How is this going to work? Have they got a specific type of owl they wish to show? They’re birds of prey. Not only will that environment terrify them but you stress out an owl and you can get a multitude of reactions.
    Regardless if they’re captive or wild. An Eagle owl will take your face off no problem. Have they calculated that risk factor?
    Have they realised they have completely overlooked the facts of what alcohol does to people? Other than turn them into clumsy, dropping messes. I find it abhorrent for anyone to even think combining these two things together is even mildly acceptable or humorous.

  • connie may commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

    This is the most horrible idea… Animals shouldn’t be used for entertainment, let alone in a noisy music venue.

    If this thing goes ahead, I can assure that many protesters would soon get it shut down. Don’t waste your money.

  • Marion commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Please don’t do this. It’s a gimmick and it will fade like all gimmicks do. The owls will be left to suffer. Success or failure the owls are hostages to fate. Do right by them. Please. .

  • Sandra commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

    totally agree

  • Sandra Cornelius commented on February 27, 2015 at 10:59 am

    No!no!no! have a heart,it’s cruel.

  • David Robson commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Absolutely crazy.

    Listen to Roger Waters’ ‘Amused to Death’ and I think you’ll agree that he foresaw all this happening.

  • Laura commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

    i cannot get my head around this. How can anyone in their right mind allow this. It’s truly Disgusting. Some people have no brain cells at all. Ludacrous

  • Heather Kennard commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Owls in night clubs – what a cruel idea!

  • Jasmin Rowson commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

    This is disgusting!! What the hell is our country coming to!!

  • Aimee gun commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Absolutely disgusting! Please stop this……

  • SANDHYAA commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Bars don’t need owls to increase their strength, they’re already running full and rampant. And owls are very unique birds, please don’t torment their ears and eyes with a nightclub environment. Wings are meant to fly. Please don’t put Owls through this. They are made of the same blood and flesh and emotions like any of us. Don’t use them like furry toys I beg you. Let them into the wild, their homes. They don’t need an alcohol-filled bar. They need home.

  • Nichola sore commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Outrageous

  • Lesley McCulloch commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

    i am struggling to find words to describe my disbelief at this suggestion. It is a cruel thoughtless intention wanting to put live birds into the hands of people of people who may have been drinking or such like. In a loud environment which will be stressful to the birds, a gimmick like this to me is shocking don’t do it. Where is the common sense here, clearly in the pockets of selfish people who don’t care !!!!!!!

  • Lesley McCulloch commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

    i am struggling to find words to describe my disbelief at this suggestion. It is a cruel thoughtless intention wanting to put live birds into the hands of people of people who may have been drinking or such like. In a loud environment which will be stressful to the birds, a gimmick like this to me is shocking don’t do it. Where is the common sense here, clearly in the pockets of selfish people who don’t care !!!!!!!

  • Carmen Kelly commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I think this is cruel, I understand why it’s important to raise awareness for owls, I just think that meeting all of these people in a confined space is unfair on the owls. The Owls may be tame, but they would not be exposed to this type of pressure in the wild and conservationists should respect that by not putting them through this in captivity.

  • Carmen Kelly commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I think this is cruel, I understand why it’s important to raise awareness for owls, I just think that meeting all of these people in a confined space is unfair on the owls. The Owls may be tame, but they would not be exposed to this type of pressure in the wild and conservationists should respect that by not putting them through this in captivity.

  • Karen Cross commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

    this is disgusting

  • Patricia Walker commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Owls do not like the light so what bright lights, probably flashing…and what loud music will do to them is unimaginable. Plus drunk and careless people touching them. And what about if one is so afraid it attacks…or are the poor things to be tethered? The RSPCA and RSPB should step in…this is not to be allowed!

  • Michelle Daniels commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:12 am

    This is a disgusting idea. We should be protecting our owls in the wild not abusing them for our own entertainment.

  • Valerie Young commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Please buy toy, owls do not subject these beautiful birds to the cruelty of being in hot and noisy nightclub Who is letting you have these birds?

  • Kate commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

    This must stop. Who in their right mind thinks this is a good idea and who on earth is providing these beautiful creatures to such cruel events. They themselves need to be banned from ever having responsibility of a living creature!

  • David Martin commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Don’t be so foolish as to do this, it’s a stunt that has the potential to not only back fire on anyone involved in this idiot idea but to place an animal in a stressful position.
    Night clubs are for party people and not petting zoos.

  • Rachael Edmonds commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Me, a young 22 year old girl feels uncomfortable in a nightclub with all the loud music and drunk irresponsible people, imagine how an animal would feel?
    Animals aren’t on this earth to do what we want with them, They’re here like us to live their lives how they want. They aren’t here to be used as our entertainment. Who are we to USE them as objects? It’s disgusting.

  • Ann Hicks commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:21 am

    What in the world next ???????????

  • Elaine Kent commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

    This is a disgrace owls are not toys or attractions they are animals and they have feelings just like you or me. Please don’t do this.

  • christina taylor commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:24 am

    please don’t bring this to the uk, their are enough ill treated animals in the world, let’s not make more animals suffer.. i certainly would not visit a bar that has live animals in it.

  • Kate commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

    This is cruel. Stop it now!

  • Gemma Ralph commented on February 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

    This is taking the whole ‘cat cafe’ concept to a super wrong level. Birds are not supposed to be in captivity let alone being manhandled by idiots.

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