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Q: Barn Owl Photo in Pet Wars

March 9, 2009 | By Artled13 | 6 answers | Expired: 2037 days ago

Barn Owl Photo in Pet Wars

Why is there a photo of a Barn Owl in the Pet Wars? It is illegal to own a Barn Owl or any other raptor without a government permit. An individual would have a very difficult time getting a permit. Extensive training and licensing is required for any ownership of birds of prey. Falconers are highly regulated. The Barn Owl with me in the photo attached to this question is part of a collection of education animals owned by a zoo with a government permit. By the way, most people don't know that it is not legal to even have feathers from a raptor. The only exceptions are for Native Canadians and Native Americans who use them for religious purposes.

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Sarah H.
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Mar 09, 2009

I have pictures of the animals (squirrels and chipmunks) that my cat watches. I guess they may not be considered pets but they keep coming back and they eat the bird seed that falls to the ground.
This could be along those lines- the person has a 'relationship' with the animal but not considered by some a "pet".

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synola w.
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Mar 10, 2009

i have seen pictures of animals that it looks like they are at the zoo or something, it could be these people dont have pets so they use wildlife pictures.

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m s.
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Mar 10, 2009

Well, someone should find out for sure and educate this person about barn owls -- that's the whole point of websites like this -- we live and learn -- we learn from each other -- so, the person with the barn owl should pay attention and do what is right for the barn owl's sake. If not, maybe he or she should be reported. Once again, for the sake of the barn owl, the right path should be taken.

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