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'Babe' Star James Cromwell

Arrested for Protesting

Cat Torture at UW-Madison

2/7/2013 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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73-year-old Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell was arrested this morning at the University of Wisconsin -- after bursting into a board meeting ... claiming the school tortures cats in the name of science.

Cromwell was arrested with PETA spokesman Jeremy Beckham, who accompanied Cromwell on the protest ambush.

PETA posted video of the protest ... in which Cromwell and Beckham burst into a UW System Board of Regents meeting, shouting and holding signs showing a cat with metal implanted in its head at a UW-Madison lab.

PETA has claimed 30 cats a year at UW-Madison are starved, deafened, and decapitated for brain research that hasn't accomplished its goals of improving human hearing. The university denies the accusations.

During the protest, Cromwell shouted, "This is not science. This is cruel!" Beckham then went limp and dropped to the floor in front of the regents, holding the cat torture sign over his head.

The regents were obviously taken aback by the sudden distraction, but no one responded to Cromwell or Beckham.

A University spokesperson said police showed up shortly after and dragged Beckham out of the room. Cromwell was escorted out in handcuffs. The meeting immediately resumed.

The UW spokesperson said both men were taken to a nearby jail and are expected to be charged with disorderly conduct.

The director of the UW–Madison Research Animal Resources Center released a statement following the protest, saying, "Today's events are just another attempt by outside activists to draw attention to a cause. They have attacked and distorted this research -- which has very real benefits for people who are deaf -- from every angle imaginable."

The director added, "Exhaustive independent investigation by the USDA, which regulates the use of animals in research, concluded that PETA's allegations are baseless."

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LookInTheSky    

WTF? More hardhitting news stories!

540 days ago
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Majestik    

Question is, where did the picture they were holding come from if not the UW? Hmmmm

540 days ago
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lolurdumb    

That will be all Pig

540 days ago
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Vinny    

Leftist nujob...

540 days ago
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ohboy    


There are thousands of human rights groups, but if just one person protests animal cruelty, they get shut down. I hope you all, at some point in life, go through the same torture that these poor animals go through everyday.

540 days ago
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MLS    

Thank you, Mr. Cromwell, for thinking of others and helping out these cats. What a horrible place that tortures animals!!!

540 days ago
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Wellington     

Good for them. Most of these "science projects" at universities are nothing more than some prof. trying to get published. It's B.S.

540 days ago
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smorbie    

Stand up for the animals, James. I knew there was a reason I liked you.

540 days ago
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the return of Pinhead    

Heeeeeeeerrrrrrrrre kitty kitty kitty kitty.

540 days ago
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hank the tank    

I am a member of PETA. People that eat tasty animals. I love cats, taste like chicken.

540 days ago
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Badger1225    

As many as 30 cats a year. How many hundreds of cats a year are killed by the animal hoarders in the name of love? Just awhile ago there was a report of over 120 cats in a woman's apartment, the place was filthy and dead bodies of cats were found. Where was Peta then? Why do they only protest where it will get them the most publicity? In honor of this "news" story i'll go and have a nice thick juicy steak.

540 days ago
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c    

Good for him! I always knew I liked James Cromwell. My cousin worked at one of those labs while going to college and they don’t tell the public the truth about what goes on there (and the USDA doesn’t really care) so what the spokesman says is worthless. Animal testing can help a lot of people so I’m not against that, but the problem is they keep repeating the same cruel experiments over and over long after the point they have any value and that is wrong.

540 days ago
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firebaby    

people talk bad about peta and other animal rights activists but honestly, it is *because* of those activists that there are animal rights at all, including the humane killing of slaughterhouse animals...
if this university is testing in this way on cats, with little to no results, then what exactly is the point?
i always liked james cromwell, i love him even more now... and he looks like he's put on some weight too, he's always been a tall, lanky guy....

540 days ago
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rlemons    

Ok so I am not ok with hurting animals because your cruel. But at the same time if testing on certain animals could help humans hear or find a cure for cancer then they should be able to test. I don't know I'm torn on it you can't test on people I think rats would be better then cats. But a rat isn't gonna respond if its deaf.

540 days ago
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kitnplayn    

THAT'S HOW THE ESTABLISHMENT GOT RICH. THEY ARE COLD, EMPTY AMERICANS WHO HAVE NO FEELINGS, NO EMOTION AND NO COMPASSION. PHUCK YOU, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN. HOW APPROPRIATE THAT THE LAST WORD IN YOUR NAME IS "SIN". SHAME ON YOU. WISCONSIN ~ HOME OF JEFFREY DAHMER.

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