Owls are very popular to a point, in my opinion, a fad, however, because I'm a bird watcher, they will never be a fad in my lifetime. Some people view small owls as "cute", and although they certainly appear cute, they are hardy, yet sensitive, majestic, yet vulnerable to the interest of humans who actually capture and display them for coffee and teatime admiration at cafes in Japan. I feel for those owls who are subject to a chain around their ankle and forced to perch in daylight hours to amuse patrons at such places. It's so very sad. May we truly appreciate owls for the species they are really meant to be, and that is, free in the wild.