The charity Cats Protection has launched a campaign to purr-suade the nation to choose a cat to join the iconic line-up of tokens in the MONOPOLY board game.
Manufacturers Hasbro announced this week it is planning to scrap one of the current pieces, which includes a dog, race car and top hat, and replace it with a new figure.
It will be down to a public vote to decide not only which token gets the axe but also which of five proposed replacements should join the line-up – a cat, toy robot, guitar, diamond ring or helicopter.
With voting already underway, the claws are out and Cats Protection says now is the time for a cat to join the nation’s best-loved board game.
The charity has become the unofficial campaign manager for the proposed cat token and is running an online drive to rally support and votes.
Kate Bunting, Cats Protection’s PR Manager, said: “The time of the cat has come! A cat making an appearance on the MONOPOLY board is long over-due so we’re encouraging cat lovers to get voting to make sure it happens.
“Cats Protection finds new homes for around 48,000 cats each year in the UK and it would be great to find such a prestigious new home for this one. From Downing Street to Coronation Street, cats have made themselves at home in the UK’s most famous roads, so we reckon it’s time for one to prowl the MONOPOLY board from Mayfair to Old Kent Road.
“And in case anyone’s wondering, we’re more than happy to share the board with a dog. It’s big enough for us both and shows these two favourite pets can live in harmony side by side.”
Voting closes on 5 February 2013 and the new game will be released later this year. To find out more about how to vote for the cat token, please click here.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 235,000 cats through a national network of 260 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.