Kittens in the Sun Paperback – 1 Feb 2003
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The finest pictures ever taken of cats. "The Atlantic Monthly" on "Cats in the Sun" Felines and sunshineis there a match more sublime in the universe? "Booklist"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Hans Silvester is a renowned photographer who has traveled the Greek islands over a period of three years in search of the endearing images contained in these pages. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was really shocked to see that someone could write a fantasy book about the cats in Greece after the terrible way they are treated by the majority of the population, who regard them as vermin. Has the author actually been to Greece I wonder?? Between end of October and end April, there is the "end of tourist season poisoning regime", carried out by hoteliers, various municipalities and ordinary citizens, which is supposedly to clean the streets up before the next lot of unsuspecting tourists arrive in May. It is the same for the dogs. Most Greeks do not believe in neutering! The animals that do survive by avoiding the poison, can expect a miserable life of starvation, illness etc. and ex pats and some Greeks who do love animals get their pets poisoned which is meant for the strays or done by vindictive neighbours. There was a silent protest held nationwide in Greece on Saturday 26th June 2010 outside the various council offices for the abused animals by Greeks and ex pats, but the poisoning carries on even though it is not the end of tourist season!! One only needs to Google Greek animal abuse or look on Youtube for confirmation.
It is absolutely shameful and the Government do nothing, so this is one tourist who will never be returning.
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However, when I first became aware of his book about the cats and dogs, I was thoroughly dismayed by his choice of subject matter and the way he has chosen to portray the lives of these creatures as idyllic and carefree.
Having been to these Greek islands, I have learned firsthand that the large majority of these poor animals are ignored, injured, or mistreated by people there-anything but "respected." The photographer has omitted portraits of the true conditions for most of the stray dogs and cats in Greece-crippled, starving, dying of thirst, hurt or maimed, with the humans around them barely taking notice.
The full horror of the story was revealed to me by locals on the islands. Each year, the cats & dogs are allowed to breed uncontrolled, because tourists are fond of seeing the cute animals around town and on the beaches. At the end of each tourist season, as many of them as possible are rounded up and killed (I couldn't bear to learn how), until the following year when the ones that survived begin the cycle all over again. I found this same story on all the islands I visited, including Mykonos, and I was so appalled that I shortened my stay and left Greece altogether.
The situation is a tragedy, and my feeling, as a photographer and animal lover, is that Mr. Silvester should not be misrepresenting the conditions of the cats and dogs on these Greek islands, especially when it is for monetary gain. I hope animal lovers around the world will agree, and send a message to anyone who profits in any way from the suffering of these dogs and cats in the sun.