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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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Good for him-I remember getting "The Cornell Book of Cats" in the early 1990's and there were vivid descriptions of things they had done to cats in the name of 'science' at Cornell University-I was horrified and haven't forgotten any of it-this stuff's got to stop.

623 days ago


Love him!!! Go James and the other protestors.

623 days ago


Babe star? how about "American Horror Story" star. He's a bit more up to date since Babe and he's pretty good at his role I might add

622 days ago


i don't know which is worse, the places that torture animals in the name of science or the idiots that troll for articles such as this one so they can post mean **** about these poor animals.
grow the **** up already. no one thinks that a human torturing an animal is a 'tough guy'. we think you are weak and ignorant.
to the places that torture the animals for 'science',since you are scientist then come up with a way to test and cure with out harming and killing these innocent animals. i wonder if these scientist have pets of their own and if they ever worry that they could run away and be found by the people that harvest these animals for these 'studies'?

622 days ago

BB not bb    

I agree with PETA for the most part. They do alot to rescue animals and to get them better living conditons. The statistics about them kiling animals refers to their program to euthanize animals from shelters in a more humane way than the shelters would have. They don't run shelters themselves. They are more of a lobbying group, but they will build doghouses for animals chaines out in the cold.

The reason you hear so much negative about PETA is that they go up agaisnt giant corporations like KFC and make them change their practices. The corportations don't like that, so they hire shills to make them look bad.

I think that around 84% of them money you give them goes straight to helping animals. They do alog to educate the public also. Their magazine is not for the faint of heart. It is filled with atrocities committed every day in the name of science and the normal course of business.

They promote veganism and give you recipies and advice on being a vegan. They are hard core pro-animals.

622 days ago

BB not bb    

They say that people who torture animals end up being serial killers. Well who tortures more animals than drug companies and universities? I guess they are plotting the demise of the human race then.

I say stop all vivisection. Stop all animal testing. I think they should even ban human testing that is done by poor slobs who need money and let these compainies dump chemicals all over them.

622 days ago


If you're going to get arrested for something, this is what you want to get arrested for. Good job Mr. Cromwell, you have my respect.

622 days ago


cats are already dead. people stfu. BTW HOW MANY DAMN GUYS CARE ABOUT CATS???? CMON!

622 days ago


Wouldn't it be nice if people were this unhinged about the do***ented extermination of the unborn in this country????

622 days ago


Way to go! I love cats! Its horrible how needless testing is done on harmless animals... in the same of whatever, hair products, make up, blah blah blah... I completely understand that science needs to perform tests and experiments, but for christ sake, it does get out of hand and off the hook... Brava to Cromwell for standing up for what he believes in!!!!!

622 days ago


@STARGAZER..UW Madison DRILLS holes in the tops of cats heads as well as cutting heads OFF and thats just 2 of the cruel actions performed on these animals WITHOUT any form of pain relief or numbing medicine!! You say PETA kills more animals then UW Madison..they EUTHANIZED them and that's far more tolerable then TORTURE! I'm sure these cats would have loved the choice!!!

622 days ago

Linda Moore    

I knew there was a reason I have been crazy about this guy since "Babe"! Way to go James, I would have been right there with you if I lived in the area!!! Thanks for covering this story TMZ!

622 days ago


Good for James Cromwell. I am not a peta fan, but I am a cat lover.

622 days ago


THANK YOU James Cromwell and Jeremy Beckham!

SHAME ON UW and anyone who performs these barbaric acts!!

622 days ago

Spicy mag    

The cat with metal Implants in his head was actually a laser cat.

622 days ago
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