Known for playing Logan Roy on the popular HBO series “Succession,” Brian Cox has landed a new role. The Scottish actor just starred in an animal rescue PSA.
Cox sat down for an “interview” with a furry, four-legged feline named Patches—from the royal animal charity, Mayhew—for a brand-new video for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK.
The award-winning actor asks Patches: “First question: who are you wearing?” To which the cat “replies” it’s wearing its own fur.
“Fur? No, no, no, no—I don’t wear fur myself,” Cox replies. The actor then advocates for companion animal rescues, saying he adopted two cats himself.
“I’m a huge, huge supporter of adoption. Adoption is very good for cats. Some cats come from difficult homes,” he said.
He continued: “The thing I love about cats is their independence. […] They’re very dependable. They have an instinct about what you need, and sometimes you don’t always know and the cat comes and you go, oh, thank you.”
The Royal Animal Charity
According to Dogs Trust, a UK animal welfare charity, nearly 70,000 stray dogs were collected by local authorities from April 2018 to March 2019. This is a significant increase from the previous year, which saw approximately 56,000 dogs picked up.
The UK-based royal animal charity, Mayhew, is working to improve the lives of stray dogs, as well as cats. The organization also helps homeless individuals care for their companion animals.
Mayhew also offers a variety of other services, such as community-based veterinary care and education services in the UK and overseas.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the charity has been struggling to make ends meet recently. Mayhew made an “urgent care package appeal” on its website, asking for “desperately needed” supplies. These included litter, food, and flea and worm treatment.
Mayhew’s PR and media officer, Sarah Hastelow, told Newsweek: “We receive no government support or anything so we rely completely on public donations, which are for the most part gathered from fundraising events,” said Hastelow.
She added: “It’s been a steady decline of operations and funds. We are trying to be as adaptive and reactive as possible.”
But the charity is receiving help from the former Duchess of Sussex. Despite leaving her position as a member of the royal family, Meghan Markle is still supporting Mayhew.
“The duchess has been in touch, I can’t say much more than that. She originally got involved with us back in 2018 because she’s been such a champion of animals and animal welfare,” said Hastelow.