November 04, 2010 02:39 PM

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India’s Environment Minister says that Harry Potter fans are responsible for trapping wild owls, causing a crisis in the bird population. “Following Harry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls,” he said. –AFP

If Google is any indicator of the popularity of topics on the Internet, cats are a pretty big deal. According to rankings, searches for “cat” surpassed Michael Jackson, Barack Obama and Jesus. What’s bigger than cats? Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. –Urlesque

Dana Jennings, the cancer survivor who authored the new book What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing from a Small Pooch, is in remission, but he thinks about death more often no. He says he also likes to think of the afterlife “as a place where we get reunited with all the good dogs that we’ve ever known.” –

Dogs, considered unclean in Islam, are serving as a symbol of rebellion in Iran, where the state disapproves of the animals. Underground industries around dogs thrive, and the middle-class citizens often leave their pets at dog spas while they travel. –Guardian

Fewer veterinarians are practicing with large animals and farm animals like cows and pigs, and more vets are practicing pet care. It is a concern because vets that work with farm animals help maintain a safe food supply. –AP

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