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December 10, 2006
The Delhi Wildlife Department rescued seven owls belonging to the species" Indian Horned Owl", in Old Delhi.
The seizure has brought to light a racket run in the name of black-magic.
According to wildlife experts, the owls are not captured for their meat but to perform rituals. The claws of the bird are thought to attract good fortune while feathers are used to ward off evil spirits. Tantriks cash upon mythology where owl is considered
the vehicle of goddess Lakshmi.
Source: The Indian Express dated 8th Dec, 2006
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