In a brand-new video for PETA UK, Succession star Brian Cox sits down for an “interview” with an adorable cat from the Mayhew animal shelter, named Patches, who has since been adopted into a loving home:
In the video, Patches shares with Brian that she’s spayed (“That’s rather personal, but yes”) and wearing her own fur (“I don’t really have much of a choice”) – and he’s quick to assure her that he’s a huge proponent of adoption and a big fan of felines overall. He’s the guardian of two adopted companion cats.
Brian – who plays Logan Roy, the head of one of television’s most dysfunctional families, on Succession – also posed with Patches for a new PETA UK campaign ad with the message “For the Family You Can Choose. Adopt. Spay. Neuter”.
Brian is known for portraying intimidating characters in film and television, but in real life, he’s as kind as can be! As well as weighing in on whether a cat could crack Roy’s hard exterior, he urges people to do right by cats like Patches:
“I’m a huge, huge supporter of adoption. . . . [I]f you’re looking to bring a companion animal into your house, just remember: adopt – don’t shop. And remember to spay and neuter. That’s very important.”
Buying cats from breeders or pet shops contributes to the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis. Every year, hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters, and many of them have to be euthanised simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them. The solution, as Brian notes, is preventing more births through spaying and neutering.
Brian joins a long list of celebrities – including Alli Simpson, Hugh Sheridan, Sir Paul McCartney, and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA and our international affiliates to promote kindness to animals.
Never Buy Animals From Breeders
When you buy a puppy or a kitten from a breeder or pet shop, you’re buying into cruelty. Many breeders force female dogs and cats to churn out litter after litter for profit, with little regard for the animals’ welfare.
Dogs and cats at puppy and kitten mills aren’t well-loved family companions – treated like breeding machines, they suffer in squalid conditions, often with untreated health issues, until they’re no longer able to produce babies, at which point they’re abandoned, sold, or killed. Puppies and kittens from breeders commonly have myriad health issues and genetic defects, leading to high vet bills for their families.
Every time someone buys a puppy or a kitten, an animal in a shelter loses their chance at finding a home, fuelling the homeless-animal crisis. Not only do rescued dogs and cats make terrific companions, mixed-breed animals are also likely to be healthier and live longer than their “pedigree” counterparts. So remember: always adopt – never shop!
More Ways to Help Dogs
Not all homeless dogs are lucky enough to find a permanent, loving home. Each year in Romania, tens of thousands of stray dogs, most of whom were struggling to survive on city streets, are systematically captured and slaughtered. Please speak out against this bloodshed, which is legal under Romanian law.