Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Wins Prestigious Cruelty-Free Award

It’s been an awesome year for Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Not only did the studio add a brand-new attraction a few months ago, but it also announced that it will be hosting an Introducing the Art Department event in February of next year. That’s not all – the studio is transforming the Great Hall to represent the Yule Ball this Christmas and has already put tickets on sale for its Valentine’s dinner in the Great Hall come February. To top it off, the studio has recently received a pretty amazing award for doing some good in the world.

You might have heard of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an organization that works tirelessly to stop animal cruelty in all forms. It turns out that people are growing more aware of animal rights – and so are businesses, including Warner Bros. Studios.

PETA has announced the winners of its first-ever Travel Awards earlier this month, and guess who got an award! The organization took a look at various organizations that are doing their best to be kinder to animals and picked the best of the best, of which Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter was one.

One of the things PETA looked for is companies that are doing away with forced encounters like marine parks and elephant rides. This is where Warner Bros. Studio Tour London caught the organization’s eye – it stopped featuring live animals, like owls, as part of its attractions. Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) would be proud.

Our Harry Potter-loving hearts are very happy to hear this. Yvonne Taylor, PETA’s director, said that the winners prove that the future of tourism can be animal-friendly, saying, “All the winners of Peta’s first-ever Travel Awards prove that the future of tourism is packed with animal-friendly options – and free of exploitative exhibits.”

PETA also used the opportunity to raise awareness about places people should avoid traveling to because of animal exploitation. This includes visiting exploitative zoos in Thailand, swimming with captive dolphins at marine parks, and riding on animals in Egypt and India. The organization also warned against visiting crocodile farms and circuses.

Hopefully, these awards will create more awareness of animal rights among businesses. It’s true what Taylor said – tourism can be animal-friendly. By consciously avoiding places you know exploit animals for money, each of us can make a difference. If no one goes to these attractions, they will no longer exist.

What do you think about the award Warner Bros. Studio Tour London received? Are you as proud as we are? Tell us in the comments.

Marica Laing

Growing up, I was a massive fan of Harry Potter and my love for the stories grew as I got older. It’s no surprise then that I love writing about all things Potter related. When I’m not writing about all the magic, you’ll find me reading (probably something Harry Potter related), listening to music, or writing some songs.