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Well this post is going to be deleted very quickly or it is going to get many pages of angry feedback. Lets see which one is correct!
I have just read your link from the dailymail although I had heard before that they cull the cats at the end of the season when you read it it's very disturbing. I am one of those tourists that feed them I also buy carrots for the donkeys on my way back up to our apartment. I will be there in just over 2 weeks time and I will still be feeding them.
Sadly, this isn't news. It goes on all over Greece - on Kefalonia earlier this year I heard someone who'd visited last year ask a very nice apartment owner what had happened to the supermarket cats. The evasive answer was simply that they were gone.
I run the risk of being absolutely slaughtered here but I just want to try and understand this from a Greek point of view. Many of the islands are small and if the cat population kept on growing would it be manageable? If we all went to visit these places and there were liteally hundreds of them all over the place making a mess,noise etc would we, as tourists, like it and would the islanders find it impossible to live with day to day? At home here in the UK we all have a few cats wandering thorugh our gardens but if the numbers incresed significantly and they caused a nusiance you would problably have the same happening here although we don't like to think we could be that cruel.
I'm not in favour of it. I just wouldn't want to condem the Greek people for something without fully understanding why they feel the need to do it.
This topic has been covered before, but neutering would go a long way towards easing the problem. The trouble is, who pays? The cats are strays, so no-one cares.
British & Greek attitudes to cats & dogs are generally so wildly different that I can't see how we could ever agree. But I have to say, the Cats of Greece calendars do seem to be a teeny bit cynical to me. I'd only ever buy one if it was an animal charity fundraiser.
Nuetering would go a long way forward I agree but then there is the funding aspect.
Trouble is they do get use to the tourists feeding them and when they go home they have to fend for themselves too and probably end up dying a slow death of starvation. It is all sad really.
Marathonlady, I think the Mail article refers to a cull, rather than letting nature take it's course.
I think that a fair few cats would survive the winter preying on local wildlife but there would still be the over population problem which we all seem to agree needs a neutering programme as the obvious answer. In the UK we are fortunate to have a very active RSPCA & other charities who raise funds for & organise such activities. This seems to be what's lacking in Greece, a viable & active animal welfare charity. There have been previous efforts in Rhodes to set up such a charitable programme but I believe it is now floundering. If anyone has news to the contrary I would be happy to hear it.
If dogs were found hanging from trees or cats found dying in agony on the streets in the UK then the perpetrators of these terrible acts of cruelty would be identified with the help of the RSPCA & prosecuted in the courts.
Must go. Off to feed my cat to death. Luckily there's no law in the UK against such cruelty. Readers of previous threads on this subject will know exactly to which silly post I am referring.