There have been concerns raised about the treatment of the animals involved in the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour. Members of PETA say that they witness the owls being held in very small cages, and that they appeared to be frightened, when they made a visit to the attraction in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. Warner Bros Studio Tour London replied to these claims by saying that the welfare of the birds, is without a doubt of the highest standard, and also said that the company that owns the birds would be asked to review this aspect.
The tour allows fans of the famous franchise to meet “animal stars” from the films, including Harry’s pet owl, and Hermione’s cat. An investigator from PETA secretly obtained video footage of the attraction, which showed handlers encouraging fans to tough the animals, and having the owls perform tricks, which they deemed demeaning. PETA requests that live animals be removed from the tour completely. In response to this, the studio states that the animals only appear in the tour for limited periods of time, and that they are only handled by the experts from Birds and Animals, the company which owns and trains them