Powerful Photos Reveal The Complex Truth About An Island Ruled By Cats

Animal photographer Andrew Marttila says when he first heard about Japan’s “cat islands,” he knew he had to go.

He’s best known for his portraits of felines and his partner, Hannah Shaw, founded the cat rescue group Kitten Lady, so it made sense for them to plan a trip.

“Cat islands” — places where populations of free-roaming kitties boom in the absence of predators — have drawn growing numbers of international feline-loving tourists for several years. Photos of...

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