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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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Jules Destaing    

Congrats "PETA"......wrong end of the stick...AGAIN !!! I'm hungry. Gonna have a STEAK !

586 days ago


Way to go "Babe:. Love you James

586 days ago

Debby Hanoka    

That may be true, that some unenlightened schools torture cats and other animals in the name of scientific research, but PETA itself kills far more animals every year simply because they are unwanted -- rather than to let them go into no-kill shelters or rescues and have a chance at finding loving homes. How bout 'them apples!

586 days ago


Good on them. Its disgusting that the university is doing any tests on animals in this day and age. I personally think those morons on the Board should have been arrested instead of James Cromwell!

586 days ago


I have to be honest. My immediate reaction is, GOOD FOR THEM!!! Why shouldn't they be able to steal one lousy minute of their time to air their grievance? If this is actually happening, we all have a right to know. This group gets huge financing from the Government, so in my opinion, all tax payers should be welcomed.

It's ridiculous they were arrested. It was peaceful and non-threatening. It's James Cromwell for Pete's sake! The good news is I am going to look into this issue, so GOOD JOB BOYS (and Peta) - MISSION COMPLETED!

586 days ago


Thumbs up for Mr. Cromwell! Like another poster said, like PETA or not, if it weren't for them and other animal rights groups who would help protect them.
Loved the movie "Babe". Time to see it again.

586 days ago


Double Trouble, the tabby cat, was tormented for months in questionable experiments including having a metal rod screwed into his skull, and untreated oozing wounds at the University of Wisconsin.


586 days ago


James is not: A Thug! He is not ignorant; and does not beat women. He does not lie on legal do***ents! He and others, do the right thing!!!

586 days ago


people who put animals above humans...peta....are nuts...period

586 days ago


His acting career must be going well...

586 days ago


That'll do pig, that'll do . . .

586 days ago


Good for you Mr. Cromwell. No cats let alone any animals should be abused, tortured, decapitated, and mutilated. Cats are intelligent creatures with feelings and do not deserve to be treated this way. Shame on UofW for allowing and funding this kind of cruelty.

586 days ago


Dr. Arden from American Horror Story!

586 days ago


slow day....

586 days ago


Dogs don't approve this video! LOL

586 days ago
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