James Cromwell Arrested After 'Cat Torture' Protest
Actor is a PETA activist
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2013 9:47 AM CST
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(Newser) – James Cromwell isn't just an actor (and Oscar nominee to boot, for Babe), he's a PETA activist—and the latter role got him arrested yesterday. As seen in a PETA video, he walked into a board meeting at the University of Wisconsin carrying a poster of a cat with a metal clamp that had been implanted in its head and started yelling about "torture," according to the Hollywood Reporter. His issue is with experimentation the university is doing on felines in an effort to help the deaf.

“As many as 30 cats a year at UW have had holes drilled in their skulls" Cromwell says in the video. “They are deafened, starved for days at a time, and then decapitated. This is not science. This is torture. And it is criminal.” A university official responded, "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."

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Sep 19, 2013 9:28 PM CDT
Feb 10, 2013 3:33 AM CST
What a nutbag?
Feb 9, 2013 11:55 PM CST
"Might does not make right." Just because we're bigger and stronger doesn't give us the right to hurt/torture poor, innocent, helpless little creatures. The truly sad and sickening part about this issue is that such experiments are being done not only at the University of Wisconsin but also in other research facilities scattered all over the world! Add to this the cruel "Scientific Method" which calls for duplicate experiments to arrive at the same predictable conclusion--over and over again--and you have in your hands more senseless torture and slaughter of innocent, helpless creatures, all in the name of Science and Big Pharma ( which sells us drugs with lethal side effects )!!! These cruelty and madness have to end. Kudo to James Cromwell! He has my respect and admiration.