Just In: Warner Bros Studio Tour London Confirms Animal-Free Policy After PETA Appeal
For Immediate Release:
23 October 2017
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
JUST IN: WARNER BROS STUDIO TOUR LONDON CONFIRMS ANIMAL-FREE POLICY AFTER PETA APPEAL
Attraction No Longer Features Any Animal Acts After PETA Exposed Cruelty to Owls Used in Harry Potter Tours
London – Three years after a PETA investigation revealed that owls used in Harry Potter novelty tours at Warner Bros Studio Tour London were kept in tiny cages for hours on end and forced to perform confusing tricks for clamouring audiences, officials have just confirmed that the tours no longer feature animal acts and, in fact, the use of animals is even prohibited on the premises.
“Using distressed animals as tour gimmicks for noisy, revved-up visitors is a recipe for misery, not fun,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is calling on amusement parks worldwide to follow Warner Bros’ compassionate lead and draw audiences in with gasp-worthy, animal-free entertainment only.”
– whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – of Warner Bros’ “Animal Actors” tour, which promised fans the chance to meet animals from the Harry Potter films, shows birds desperately chewing at their tethers and shaking their heads in the blinding light of camera flashes. A trainer encouraged visitors to touch the frightened owls, which interferes with natural oils in their feathers that keep them warm, and even blithely suggested that guests purchase their own owls – an extremely irresponsible thing to do, given the number of owls who were relinquished to sanctuaries or abandoned in the wild after the release of the Harry Potter films.
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