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.