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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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Both men are heroes in my eyes. THANK YOU!

591 days ago


What Morons

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591 days ago


He was 'Stretch Cunningham' on 'All in the Family', and he was 'Zephram Cochran' in the Star Trek Movies - creator of the warp drive propulsion system, AKA "Gravitational Field Displacement Manifold'

Great actor that played many diverse roles....

591 days ago

Morticia Cowghoul    

I love him! He was great in Babe. He was great in American Horror Story. He now seems to be my kind of person in real life. Good for him!

591 days ago

Roman Moroni    

this university will be jinxed w/ bad luck trust me!

591 days ago

Keepin' it Real    

Good for Mr. Cromwell for speaking out. I knew I liked him before, but now I hold him in even higher esteem. Keep up the good fight.

591 days ago


He's a Saint!

591 days ago

BB not bb    

I give alot of credit to this man for taking a stand on behalf of animals at his advanced age and with his movie credits behind him. He isn't looking to just retire from life because he is a senior. He is still standing up and fighting for what is right.

These stiff should show him and the other guy respect and drop the charges. Their allegations are correct. Torturing animals is nothing but satanic ritual. It does nothing to improve humans' health.

I am sick and tired of my federal tax dollars going to support this affront against decency besides. Stop all animal testing.

Free the Cats.

591 days ago

Ozzie X    

TMZ is pulling these stories out their arse. I wonder what else is up Harvey and his staff.

591 days ago

Violent Pope    

Please Eat The Animals

591 days ago


Thank you, James, for standing up for defenseless animals and for shaming the sadistic creeps who are running phony "studies" in order to torture them. Animals and small children need all the help that they can get.

591 days ago


Considering how PETA killed 1,647 of the adoptable animals they took in last year and only adopted out 19, they really have no room to talk. They are the ones whose boardroom James needs to burst into. For those who don't believe this, look into it yourself, the info is easy to find. PETA kills over 95% of the adoptable animals they take in at their shelter. All of these celebrities that endorse PETA are morons.

591 days ago


James was great in American Horror Story this season. Ironic that he played an ex-Nazi concentration camp doctor who performed horrible experiments on the mental patients.

591 days ago

Madame Arcati    

BRAVO Mr. Cromwell and PETA!! ♥♥♥

591 days ago
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