james cromwell
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes.
Photo: PETA

Actor James Cromwell has teamed up with PETA to film a PSA on the importance of reporting animal cruelty.

While Cromwell is an animal lover and outspoken animal advocate, his PSA isn’t just to save the lives of animals. Reporting violence toward animals can help stop violence against people too. He says, “People who commit violent acts often start out by hurting animals.”

He continues, “If you know of someone who’s abusing or neglecting an animal, don’t ignore it or just assume that someone else will do something. Call the police or animal control. And if you have kids or grandkids, please talk to them about the importance of being kind to animals. That conversation might save a life. Let’s stop the cycle of violence before it begins.”

Cromwell, known for his roles in “Babe” and “The Green Mile”, will next appear in “American Horror Story” playing a sadistic doctor.

Cromwell told Celebuzz what he believes to be the worst thing his character does on the show. “He’s very cruel to little animals.” When the interviewer cited awful things the character does to people as potentially worse offenses, Cromwell joked, “Human beings, there are a lot of them, but little animals can’t defend themselves!”

Check out the PSA.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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