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Actor James Cromwell Arrested in PETA Protest

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Starting the day in handcuffs is generally not considered ideal, but for Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell, it was a good way to spend the morning.

Cromwell, along with a PETA protestor named Jeremy Beckham, was arrested Thursday at the University of Wisconsin after interrupting a Board of Regents meeting.

The two protestors burst into the meeting to protest the university’s policy of using cats as lab animals. According to Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, the pair held signs featuring a large photo of Double Trouble, a lab cat with metal implanted in her head.

“This is not science! This is cruel! Shame on you!” Cromwell admonished the board. Beckham echoed the sentiment, saying, “This is the reality of what happens to cats in labs. Take a look at the photograph. This is the pride of the university here.”

Cromwell and Beckham were unaware that the meeting was being streamed online, a fact that Cromwell considers a bonus, since it garnered more exposure for the protest. You can check out the video here.

“People saw us and heard us, and if we’d known, we would’ve gone up to the cameras, but I think a lot of people got out their phones and took photographs,” he said. “I’m sure it’ll go viral, and that’s why I’m here.”

Both Cromwell and Beckham were arrested by university police and brought to the Dane County jail. They were charged with disorderly conduct and have a court date next week. Cromwell said that they were treated courteously, and that being cuffed is “always fun.”

According to a PETA release, “Thirty cats a year at UW-Madison are starved, deafened and decapitated for brain research that hasn’t done accomplished its goals of improving human hearing. (Warning: That link leads to graphic and heartbreaking images of lab cat Double Trouble.)

However, a spokesman for the school emailed the Journal Sentinel to say that PETA’s claims are false. “Today’s events are just another attempt by these outside activists to get attention,” he said. “They have attacked and distorted this line of research, which has very real benefits for people who are deaf, from every angle, and they are getting no traction with the public.”

The research may benefit humans, but if the images in the PETA link are any indication, these cats are not treated humanely, a sentiment that Cromwell agrees with. “These photographs were very powerful,” he said. “It is something that can be seen that does affect people outside the scientific community and raise their ire, as it should.”

According to PETA, after Double Trouble was no longer useful as a live test subject, she was euthanized and decapitated for brain study. PETA has set up a petition to help other cats like Double Trouble; head over to the site to take action.

Cromwell has been an animal rights activist since his work on the movie “Babe,” when PETA reached out to him to save pigs from slaughter.

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  • Maciek

    CHECK MORE PHOTOS! of “Double Trouble” Cat at UW-Madison !
    http://www.peta.org/features/uw-madison-cruelty/photos.aspx

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.gimenez.33865854 Carlos Gimenez

    Most people have no idea that animal testing/research/experimentation/dissection/vivisection is nothing but a “scientific” fraud so to the public, animal rights activist come off as overly emotional and irrational fools who are getting in the way of “science” whose sole purpose is to save the life of human animals by “sacrificing” the lives of other animals.

    “Since there is no way to defend the use of animal model systems in plain
    English or with scientific facts, they resort to double-talk in technical
    jargon…The virtue of animal model systems to those in hot pursuit of the
    federal dollars is that they can be used to prove anything – no matter how
    foolish, or false, or dangerous this might be. There is such a wide variation in
    the results of animal model systems that there is always some system which will
    ‘prove’ a point….The moral is that animal model systems not only kill animals,
    they also kill humans. There is no good factual evidence to show that the use of
    animals in cancer research has led to the prevention or cure of a single human
    cancer.” – Dr. D.J. Bross, Ph.D., 1982, former director of the largest cancer
    research institute in the world, the Sloan-Kettering Institute, then Director of
    Biostatics, Roswell Memorial Institute, Buffalo, NY.

    “Practically all animal experiments are untenable on a statistical scientific
    basis, for they possess no scientific validity or reliability. They merely
    perform an alibi for pharmaceutical companies, who hope to protect themselves
    thereby.” – Herbert Stiller, M.D. & Margot Stiller, M.D., 1976.

    “Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that
    the major cancer research organisations are derelict in their duties to the
    people who support them.”
    – Linus Pauling, PhD, 1986, two time Nobel Prize
    Winner.

    “Not only are the studies themselves often lacking even face value, but they
    also drain badly needed funds away from patient care needs.”
    – Dr. Neal
    Barnard, M.D., 1987, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible
    Medicine (PCRM), Washington.

    “Normally, animal experiments not only fail to contribute to the safety of
    medications, but they even have the opposite effect.”
    – Prof. Dr. Kurt
    Fickentscher, 1980, of the Pharmacological Institute of the University of Bonn,
    Germany.

    “Why am I against vivisection? The most important reason is because it’s bad
    science, producing a lot of misleading and confusing data which pose hazards to
    human health. It’s also a waste of taxpayer’s dollars to take healthy animals
    and artificially and violently induce diseases in them that they normally
    wouldn’t get, or which occur in different form, when we already have the sick
    people who can be studied while they’re being treated.”
    – Dr. Roy Kupsinel,
    M.D., 1988, medical magazine editor, USA.

    “Animal model systems differ from their human counterparts. Conclusions drawn
    from animal research, when applied to human beings, are likely to delay
    progress, mislead, and do harm to the patient. Vivisection, or animal
    experimentation, should be abolished.”
    – Dr. Moneim Fadali, M.D., 1987,
    F.A.C.S., Diplomat American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic
    Surgery, UCLA faculty, Royal College of Surgeons of Cardiology, Canada.

    These quotes and many more of them come from http://www.amazon.com/1000-Doctors-Many-Against-Vivisection/dp/B000FJGF82

  • http://www.facebook.com/sgorchynski Stephanie Gorchynski

    SO much respect for him, for them both – so much gratitude, too. I’m so so proud of them.

  • Siraganda

    James Cromwell is a true hero – and Peta too! This courage is unique and for this James Cromwell shall remain inside my heart until I die! Stop this criminal horrific cat abuse and murder! By the way – James Cromwell is one of the great exceptions of men who – increasing in age look better and better! This veggie soul is gorgeous!

    • http://twitter.com/VivaGardner Jeffrey Gardner

      You need to do some research hun.

      In the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 companion animals. Apologists for PETA’s killing have argued that all of the animals they kill are “unadoptable.” But this claim is a lie for numerous reasons. It is a lie because rescue groups and individuals have come forward stating that the animals they gave PETA were healthy and adoptable and PETA insiders have admitted as much, one former intern reporting that he quit in disgust after witnessing perfectly healthy puppies and kittens in the kill room. It is a lie because PETA refuses to provide its criteria for making the determination as to whether or not an animal is “unadoptable.” It is a lie because according to a state inspector, the PETA facility where the animals are impounded was designed to house animals for no more than 24 hours. It is a lie because Newkirk herself admitted as much during a 2008 television interview: when asked whether or not PETA kills healthy animals, she responded, “Absolutely.” It is a lie because PETA staff have described the animals they have killed as “healthy,” “adoptable,” “adorable” and “perfect.” It is a lie because PETA itself admits it does not believe in “right to life for animals.” And it is a lie because when asked what sort of effort PETA routinely makes to find adoptive homes for animals in its care, PETA responded that it had “no comment.”

      Yet despite PETA’s own admissions, there are those who simply refuse to believe it, who claim it never happened (which even PETA does not deny). Here’s your proof:

      1. Here’s the data for 2012, as reported by PETA, to the Virginia Department of Agriculture: http://1.usa.gov/14P0GdO (You can also look up earlier years)

      2. Here’s an Op Ed piece written by Ingrid Newkirk where she writes that PETA supports an automatic destruction policy for all dogs who look like “pit bulls” in shelters: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/linked/killpits.PDF

      3. Here’s a postcard written by Newkirk where she admits PETA does not advocate “right to life for animals”: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/postcard_0001.jpg

      4. Here’s the evidence that PETA employees were rounding up animals, killing them within minutes in the back of a van, and dumping their bodies in trash bins: http://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2007/01/24/testimony-underway-in-peta-trial/

      5. Here’s how PETA gave a No Kill shelter a basket of cookies to celebrate an announcement that they would start killing again after four years:http://vimeo.com/48651351

      6. Rainbow Rescue on giving animals to PETA: “I thought it was the answer from heaven,” Brown said. “We just thought ‘PETA is the godfather for animals.'” She was told that the animals she transferred to PETA ‘would be prepared for potential adoption.’ They were lied to and ended up dead: http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/05/7/tsg.petastaffersface7.05.htm

      7. Ingrid Newkirk admitting she would go to work early to kill animals – “I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens per day”: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/04/14/030414fa_fact_specter

      8. Over the objections of feral cat advocates pushing for a TNR program, the Mayor of Miami Beach pushed a plan to trap and kill feral cats. PETA sent a letter to the Mayor applauding his decision. The Mayor, however, had also decided that kittens would be turned over to a rescue group for socialization and adoption. But PETA took issue with this part of the plan, arguing that all the cats, including the kittens, should be taken to animal control and “euthanized by sodium pentobarbital injection”:http://www.nathanwinograd.com/linked/petamiami.PDF

      9. Here’s information about PETA killing in the face of alternatives, testimony by a veterinarian that the cat and kittens he gave PETA after they promised to find them homes were healthy but killed within minutes, their defense of neglectful and even abusive killing shelters, their opposition to TNR for healthy feral cats, their claim that cats should be rounded up and killed and so much more (read the articles and follow the internal links): http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?cat=10

      There are dozens of articles and internal links, my book Friendly Fire documents even more, and I have even more beyond the book, all leading to the same conclusion: you either love animals or you love PETA, but you can’t love both because the two are mutually exclusive.

      [Commenting rules: 1. No promotion of killing (of any animals) 2. No profanity 3. No ad hominem attacks 4. No threats of violence.]

  • cmncnts

    someone should tell him to look up PETA’s euthenasia rate. he might want to try affiliating himself with a different group

  • http://twitter.com/VivaGardner Jeffrey Gardner

    PETA is not a true hero, Claudia. LOL, some people are clueless. In the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 companion animals. Apologists for PETA’s killing have argued that all of the animals they kill are “unadoptable.” But this claim is a lie for numerous reasons. It is a lie because rescue groups and individuals have come forward stating that the animals they gave PETA were healthy and adoptable and PETA insiders have admitted as much, one former intern reporting that he quit in disgust after witnessing perfectly healthy puppies and kittens in the kill room. It is a lie because PETA refuses to provide its criteria for making the determination as to whether or not an animal is “unadoptable.” It is a lie because according to a state inspector, the PETA facility where the animals are impounded was designed to house animals for no more than 24 hours. It is a lie because Newkirk herself admitted as much during a 2008 television interview: when asked whether or not PETA kills healthy animals, she responded, “Absolutely.” It is a lie because PETA staff have described the animals they have killed as “healthy,” “adoptable,” “adorable” and “perfect.” It is a lie because PETA itself admits it does not believe in “right to life for animals.” And it is a lie because when asked what sort of effort PETA routinely makes to find adoptive homes for animals in its care, PETA responded that it had “no comment.”
    Yet despite PETA’s own admissions, there are those who simply refuse to believe it, who claim it never happened (which even PETA does not deny). Here’s your proof:

    1. Here’s the data for 2012, as reported by PETA, to the Virginia Department of Agriculture: http://1.usa.gov/14P0GdO (You can also look up earlier years)

    2. Here’s an Op Ed piece written by Ingrid Newkirk where she writes that PETA supports an automatic destruction policy for all dogs who look like “pit bulls” in shelters: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/linked/killpits.PDF

    3. Here’s a postcard written by Newkirk where she admits PETA does not advocate “right to life for animals”: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/postcard_0001.jpg

    4. Here’s the evidence that PETA employees were rounding up animals, killing them within minutes in the back of a van, and dumping their bodies in trash bins: http://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2007/01/24/testimony-underway-in-peta-trial/

    5. Here’s how PETA gave a No Kill shelter a basket of cookies to celebrate an announcement that they would start killing again after four years:http://vimeo.com/48651351

    6. Rainbow Rescue on giving animals to PETA: “I thought it was the answer from heaven,” Brown said. “We just thought ‘PETA is the godfather for animals.'” She was told that the animals she transferred to PETA ‘would be prepared for potential adoption.’ They were lied to and ended up dead: http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/05/7/tsg.petastaffersface7.05.htm

    7. Ingrid Newkirk admitting she would go to work early to kill animals – “I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens per day”: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/04/14/030414fa_fact_specter

    8. Over the objections of feral cat advocates pushing for a TNR program, the Mayor of Miami Beach pushed a plan to trap and kill feral cats. PETA sent a letter to the Mayor applauding his decision. The Mayor, however, had also decided that kittens would be turned over to a rescue group for socialization and adoption. But PETA took issue with this part of the plan, arguing that all the cats, including the kittens, should be taken to animal control and “euthanized by sodium pentobarbital injection”:http://www.nathanwinograd.com/linked/petamiami.PDF

    9. Here’s information about PETA killing in the face of alternatives, testimony by a veterinarian that the cat and kittens he gave PETA after they promised to find them homes were healthy but killed within minutes, their defense of neglectful and even abusive killing shelters, their opposition to TNR for healthy feral cats, their claim that cats should be rounded up and killed and so much more (read the articles and follow the internal links): http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?cat=10

    There are dozens of articles and internal links, my book Friendly Fire documents even more, and I have even more beyond the book, all leading to the same conclusion: you either love animals or you love PETA, but you can’t love both because the two are mutually exclusive.

    [Commenting rules: 1. No promotion of killing (of any animals) 2. No profanity 3. No ad hominem attacks 4. No threats of violence.]

  • http://twitter.com/VivaGardner Jeffrey Gardner

    Please allow my comment.

  • http://twitter.com/VivaGardner Jeffrey Gardner

    In the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 companion animals. Apologists for PETA’s killing have argued that all of the animals they kill are “unadoptable.” But this claim is a lie for numerous reasons. It is a lie because rescue groups and individuals have come forward stating that the animals they gave PETA were healthy and adoptable and PETA insiders have admitted as much, one former intern reporting that he quit in disgust after witnessing perfectly healthy puppies and kittens in the kill room. It is a lie because PETA refuses to provide its criteria for making the determination as to whether or not an animal is “unadoptable.” It is a lie because according to a state inspector, the PETA facility where the animals are impounded was designed to house animals for no more than 24 hours. It is a lie because Newkirk herself admitted as much during a 2008 television interview: when asked whether or not PETA kills healthy animals, she responded, “Absolutely.” It is a lie because PETA staff have described the animals they have killed as “healthy,” “adoptable,” “adorable” and “perfect.” It is a lie because PETA itself admits it does not believe in “right to life for animals.” And it is a lie because when asked what sort of effort PETA routinely makes to find adoptive homes for animals in its care, PETA responded that it had “no comment.”

    • Miriam

      Is this right?

  • http://twitter.com/VivaGardner Jeffrey Gardner

    Yet despite PETA’s own admissions, there are those who simply refuse to believe it, who claim it never happened (which even PETA does not deny). Here’s your proof:

    1. Here’s the data for 2012, as reported by PETA, to the Virginia Department of Agriculture:http://1.usa.gov/14P0GdO (You can also look up earlier years)

    2. Here’s an Op Ed piece written by Ingrid Newkirk where she writes that PETA supports an automatic destruction policy for all dogs who look like “pit bulls” in shelters: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/linked/killpits.PDF

    3. Here’s a postcard written by Newkirk where she admits PETA does not advocate “right to life for animals”: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/postcard_0001.jpg

  • Papi

    I can appreciate the reasons for what he did. There are better ways of going about it. And making yourself look like and idiot is the least of them.

  • http://twitter.com/TaMol Tamara Moliver

    Strong and powerful actions. much respect.

  • Richard Whereat

    No. Those pictures are no inclination as to what’s real.
    You’re dealing with PETA here.

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