James Cromwell, Oscar-nominated star of the movie “Babe” and the second season of FX’s “American Horror Story,” was arrested Thursday for protesting cat experimentation at the University of Wisconsin.
Video footage shows Cromwell storming a UW Board of Regents meeting, waving a sign, and loudly berating the regents for failing to prohibit the university from conducting experiments on cats.
“This is not science!” he said. “This is torture and it is criminal! Shame on UW!”
Police forcibly removed Cromwell and another protester from the meeting. He has since been released.
“I am outraged that the University of Wisconsin has repeatedly lied about this experiment, concealed what happens inside its laboratories, and ignored pleas for compassion from hundreds of thousands of concerned people,” Cromwell said in a statement. “This cruel experiment is funded with the public’s money and occurs at a public institution. UW-Madison should be accountable to the public.”
The university denied the criminality of its experiments:
“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. 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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