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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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91.

Neecha    

Of course!! USA don't know ****!!

521 days ago
92.

darcy    

He's a great actor and a man of a distinguished age. I cringe at him being in handcuffs for a rightful protest.

521 days ago
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4mula1    

mrmcmed dot org, crt-online dot org, BILLIONS ! ! of dollars every year by charities alone (acs, sgk, su2c, livestrong, ect) prove the failure of animal research. animal research has never been validated (pcrm dot org).

521 days ago
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4mula1    

mrmcmed dot org, crt-online dot org, B I L L I O N S ! of dollars every year by charities alone (acs, sgk, su2c, livestrong, ect) prove the failure of animal research. they say baseless, how many 100s of times have this allready been done?... (baseless?!?) animal research has never been validated (pcrm dot org). thousands of drugs withdrawn from the market every year, baseless?!?... no LIE can live forever!... ps, reform march of dimes dot org

521 days ago
95.

Why'D you Drop It?!    

Don't know who this guy is ( I'm 15 ) But I wouldve joined protesting with him and help out the defenceless animals. This guy should get a Award for doing something Right

520 days ago
96.

princessbeckylyne    

my daughter is deaf and would rather stay that way if it means treating animals that way!

520 days ago
97.

backfire    

good for him. someone has to do humane acts of kindness

520 days ago
98.

bored    

What a great guy!!

520 days ago
99.

Renz Woelke    

Brave man...love James for showing empathy & compassion for all those animals with no voices....while these THUGS in suits sit there....knowing full well what pain they cause! Go James, speak up for the innocent cats being torchured and killed because of stupid insane reasons.....UW should be ashamed of their actions, they call themselves a university....a university of stupidity, of murder.....

519 days ago
100.

didisaythat    

God bless this man

518 days ago
101.

Cat    

I couldn't stop laughing at the way the guy said "Shame on UW" like they were some sort of children...

Silly animal rights people.

517 days ago
102.

Mrugowsky    

Guy should be happy it's only cats. Imagine the alternative.

517 days ago
103.

Elizabeth Alan    

Nobel! If I am going to get a mug shot I hope it is for a thing such as James Cromwell has done.

517 days ago
104.

dav93    

University of Wisconsin? Is that a school or a S***hole? I wish that a bunch of crooks would kidnap the school official's children and stick a bunch of screws and metal crap in their heads. I swear, it'll be nice to see them mutilated with metal. Don't you guys agree?

494 days ago
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mamamia    

i hope someday they all experience what they put those cats throughStargazor9PETA) they do too save animals,don't tell me they don't or people like James Cromwell,Betty White and others are not going to donate to a organization that does that.As far as Wisconsin goes,they torture them.If it were true that PETA did put some down than at least it's humane where as UWM tortures and starves them and gives them no water.It's on your money too bud,the taxpayers money.I have NO respect for this university and i were going to go to college,i would spit on their ground before i would enroll in their University.The photo speaks for itself.It was a nice gentle alley cat that they cut up and tortured..i saw the photo's.How woul they like it done to their children or families? They are lacking in morals and have no conscience.James Cromwell is a much bigger man than that whole incompetent University.I hate them.

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