Animal Welfare Organizations Speak Out Against Hollywood Film Featuring Controversial Cat Breed

Animal Welfare Organizations Speak Out Against Hollywood Film Featuring Controversial Cat Breed

Animal welfare organizations are speaking out against a new Hollywood film for featuring a breed of cat known for its serious health issues. “Argylle,” starring Henry Cavill and Dua Lipa, hit theaters last week and follows the story of a character who carries around her Scottish Fold cat in a backpack. However, charities including Cats Protection, Blue Cross, Battersea, and the RSPCA have expressed concerns over the film’s portrayal of the breed and its potential impact on cat welfare.

Adrian Ferne, manager of Cats Protection’s Bredhurst Adoption Centre, emphasized the significance of using this breed in a major Hollywood production. “The impact of using this breed in a Hollywood film cannot be overstated,” he stated. “All Scottish Fold cats suffer from painful joint disease, and the underlying genetic defect can have severe consequences for their health.”

Ferne also raised concerns about the film potentially increasing the breed’s popularity, despite its health issues. “They’re already very popular on social media and with celebrities, so we really worry that this film will cause this to surge even more,” he explained.

The breed makes up only 1% of the UK’s cat population, which equates to approximately 110,000 cats. However, charities fear that the film’s portrayal of Scottish Folds may lead to a surge in demand for the breed.

In addition to health concerns, animal welfare organizations have also criticized the film’s unrealistic portrayal of the cat. Ferne pointed out that carrying a cat in a backpack can be uncomfortable and lack proper ventilation, while the RSPCA’s Alice Potter highlighted the potential for the film to glamourize a breed that can experience severe health issues.

JoAnna Puzzo, feline behaviour and training manager at Battersea, also urged potential cat owners to consider adopting from a rescue center instead of focusing on a specific breed. “Here at Battersea, we think it’s time people looked beyond a cat’s pedigree or breed and consider adopting a feline friend from a rescue center like Battersea to give rescue cats a second chance in life,” she said.

The film’s use of a Scottish Fold cat has brought attention to the breed and its health issues, and animal welfare organizations hope that this will encourage potential cat owners to research and consider all factors before choosing a pet.

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