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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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Mihalick    

Good for him. Not many celebs will take a stand for what they believe in if it means bad publicity or getting arrested.

561 days ago
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Maggie    

Not that I'm FOR cat torture... But I feel like there are way more worthy causes. Like, ones involving human beings.

561 days ago
48.

MC    

Cromwell is a crackpot. Always has been.

561 days ago
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Ann33    

Good for him! People should be more aware of what is happing to animals!

561 days ago
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Cricket    

I love James Cromwell. If his involvement caused even minimal press attention to this matter then that's great. It isn't about James though, these practices need to stop!

561 days ago
51.

Ann33    

I know people don't always understand PETA but you should sign up for the emails they send out. They even have a great app for the iPhone. It's unbelievable what is being allowed to happen to animals. The current cat torture happening at this university is an uphill battle. Please google it and see what is really happening. It's unbelievable what our tax money is spent on!

561 days ago
52.

Whocares    

Rock on Jimmy!!!

561 days ago
53.

ladyinmauve    

Don't try to cure our Deafness. We are 100% happy being Deaf. GO AWAY and leave the poor kitties out of it!

561 days ago
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animallover    

Kudos to James Cromwell for risking arrest (which happened) and drawing attention to the unfathomable cruelties being perpetrated against these beautiful, innocent, hapless cats. Thank you, Mr. Cromwell, for being their voice! And thanks to PETA for continuing to fight against these useless and extremely sadistic experiments at the University of Wisconsin. I worked in a high-level position at a university for almost 20 years and, believe me, a university is a business just like any corporation. If it can get money by agreeing to useless experiments -- including torturing cats -- it often will (depending, of course, on the hearts of the university's administrators. In this case, apparently, most of those hearts are hardened).

561 days ago
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ladyinmauve    

Don't try to cure our Deafness! We're 100% happy being Deaf! And leave the poor kitties out of it!

561 days ago
56.

dena81    

I'm so sure "baseless" good on him for using his celebrity for good! This is disgusting and I'm pretty sure they're images and facts are not in the least 'baseless'

561 days ago
57.

spectator72    

Today there is not enough men like him

561 days ago
58.

Maciek    

Photos of Double Trouble at UW-Madison !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.peta.org/features/uw-madison-cruelty/photos.aspx

561 days ago
59.

Maciek    

CHECK MORE PHOTOS! of "Double Trouble" Cat at UW-Madison !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.peta.org/features/uw-madison-cruelty/photos.aspx

561 days ago
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chris    

he's not going to let Rolo Tomasi get away with it THIS time!!!

561 days ago
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