Nov. 16, 2010 /EIN Presswire/ – The use of owls in black magic and sorcery drives the underground trade of endangered owls, according to a recently released report from India.

The hunting or trade of Indian owl species was banned in India’s Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, but the illegal industry still continues to thrive. Though precise figures are unknown, at least several thousand owls are traded each year, and this combined with the loss of suitable forest habitats, leads to the imperilment of certain species.

Black magic shamans often prescribe the use of owls’ body parts such as skulls, hearts, feathers and tears in ceremonial rituals, folk medicine or head gear.

The study called for more effective law enforcement against the illegal trade and hunting of owls.

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