The world-famous Super Paradise beach resort in Mykonos has become a graveyard for dozens of stray cats who were recently cruelly killed by poisoning.
According to animal rights web site zoosos.gr, a local resident who visits the area daily to feed the cats, came across the distressing scene of the dead animals lying right next to the Super Paradise club.
The site included photos of the feline massacre as well as claims by the witness that there were twenty fatalities and two cats that survived the mass poisoning.
Zoosos.gr reports that the mass poisoning have been registered with the local police, which has promised to pursue the case and find the perpetrators.
Unlike most of the western world, cats and dogs in Greece are rarely spayed and neutered and often run wild, especially on the Greek islands. Stray cats especially are a common feature on Mykonos as on other Greek islands, but oftentimes after tourists leave, mass poisonings become commonplace.
These poisonings even have a name, and are called “fola” in Greece. Unscrupulous humans add poison, often arsenic, to food and lay it out before the unfortunate victims. Within minutes the cats (or dogs) are dying a terrible death.
There have been sporadic volunteer efforts on the part of veterinarians to spay and neuter stray animals on the Greek islands but the number of homeless animals there is still very high.