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Vote for your purrfect Purr Minister
The nation’s politicians have been putting forward their pet cats to be the feline face of politics, in our inaugeral online election poll to crown Westminster’s cat of the year.
- 03 February 2014
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
MPs and Lords have been entering their moggies in the animal charity’s inaugural competition, by providing a snappy snap and 50-word ‘manifursto’ setting out why they think their cat should be Purr Minister.
Whilst the politicians now wait anxiously to find out if their cat succeeds in this public vote, cat lovers have until Midday on Thursday 13 February to vote for their favourite feline candidate, from a shortlist of the top 10 cats.
The winner of this hotly contested title will gain the huge prestige of being named Westminster’s top cat or Purr Minister, just three years after Battersea tabby Larry hit the headlines when he was rehomed just up the road at Number 10 Downing Street.
And Larry, the most famous cat in the land, is lending his support to the new Battersea contest saying: “The cat is out of the bag - my admirers at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have a meow-vellous mew competition. So good luck all you pawesome cats - if you have purrfect paws and cattitude you could be the cat that got the cream - I'd be lion if I said I wasn't excited!”
Lindsey Quinlan, Battersea’s Head of Cattery, adds: “Here at Battersea we’re really excited about our Westminster top cat competition and hope the MPs have great fun entering their cat and the cat-loving public enjoy choosing the Purr Minister.
“We’ve received some ingenious ‘manifurstos’ from MPs, such as introducing free milk for all cats across the UK and a policy of claw enforcement for the purrpatrators of crime. There’s a lot of competition for this title!”
The online election coincides with our Cat Takeover campaign which aims to raise awareness that we rehome cats as well as dogs. Since its launch in last September, the campaign has helped the charity rehome over 1,200 cats.