Re-reading the tweet I think people have got the wrong idea about this.
"Everybody should have his own owl."
There is no promise the government will pay for this, only the threat that owl ownership may be made compulsory during the next Labour term.
I think this is dangerous.
Firstly, Owls are not domestic pets and as others have said it may be regarded as cruel to keep one inside.
Secondly, there are worrying health and safety concerns about keeping birds of prey in the same house as young children.
Thirdly, this country does not yet have the infrastructure in place for the mass breeding, distribution and care of 63.2 million owls. In order to supply the number of owls needed a massive investment would be needed right now in breeding facilities throughout the UK. Although the benefits in employment may be significant it would require specialist training and I doubt there are enough trained owl breeders in the UK to cope. We would have to issue urgent work permits to bring in owl breeders from other parts of the world where owl ownership is more widespread such as Canada.
Fourthly, such investment would potentially price the average owl out of reach of many people. Many people may see this as an unnecesssary burden on already-stretched household budgets. Labour have not even suggested that Owls will be made zero-rated for VAT.
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