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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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61.

Mel    

All of you people are hypocritical idiots. Nine out of ten of you eat defenseless animals everyday but object to viable research because they're cute and cuddly pets. Half of you wouldn't even be around today if it weren't for animal research finding cures and vaccines for illnesses that used to kill and deform tons of people back in the day. Your hair and makeup products are tested on animals and how do you think they figured out your Tylenol you took this morning works? Oh, btw, PETA kills more than 97% of their "rescued" and adoptable animals (cats and dogs) ref. Va Dept of Agriculture public records. PETA spends more money getting meat eating and fur wearing celebrities to get naked for them than they do helping animals.

562 days ago
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victor cazares    

shame on that effing place !

562 days ago
63.

wendy    

it's true. uw madison is known to be one of the best. uw madison is known to be the best party colleges ever. uw madison is known for their badgers football team, uw madison is known for their animal testing on cats, beyond cruel...slow torture...this i know as i live in wisconsin..we need to stop this!

562 days ago
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Northerner    

good for those two, wish more people would have stormed in. anyone that can do those sort of things to animals, especially cats who are a small defenseless animal. why don't those sonsofbitches try that on a tiger and see how far it goes!

562 days ago
65.

Truth    

DUDE IS A TOTAL NUT JOB... JUST LIKE THE CHARACTER HE PLAYS ON AMERICAN HORROR STORY. #TRUTH!!

562 days ago
66.

lizazoe    

THANK YOU JAMES CROMWELL!

562 days ago
67.

tj     

Good for him! 73 and still standing up for what he believes and what's right!

562 days ago
68.

jude    

Way too go James, you are a HERO!! Hope this exposes the SOB's - animal experiments have got to stop. Let the rapists and murderers in prison donate their bodies to science. Better match anyway!!

562 days ago
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LynnEM    

Good for James and the others. Plain and simple: Animal torture is never ok. End of discussion.

562 days ago
70.

Nonsense    

Unfortunately, I have seen a lab where they run experiments on animals. It is unbelievably bad. I know science is important but this is just wrong. There has got to be a better way.

562 days ago
71.

Sjango    

Everybody always messn with the pus..y cat.

562 days ago
72.

ambelamba    

Dear Mr. Cromwell. I feel for you. But life and this world have never been ideal. You should suck it up like the rest of us do... :(

562 days ago
73.

AliiG    

This dude's awesome!! Watch that Education of Little Tree movie and you'll see what i mean.

562 days ago
74.

Bananarama    

Good for him for standing up for these poor creatures!! Police should stop wasting their time on senseless arrests and use it looking into the animal tortrue that is so often looked over in scientific experiments!

562 days ago
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JrzGrl    

Not a fan of PETA by any stretch but I do believe that if this is true then kudos to him. We all should feel some responsibility to protect any living creature that can't protect themselves. I'm glad he took a stand against something he feels strongly about.

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