This past Thursday morning, actor James Cromwell was taken into police custody following his crashing a Board of Regents meeting at the University of Wisconsin and demanding that the institution immediately cut all ties with the practice of torturing cats for the sake of scientific research.The actor was accompanied by several animal rights activists, all of whom were members of green-oriented group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
According to the official website for said organization, this group of protesters entered the University of Wisconsin holding graphic blown-up photos showing how the institution treated cats.
More precisely, they showed the Board of Regents shocking images of a cat named Double Trouble, which supposedly had its head drilled in by researchers working with this institution, and which was later on deafened and decapitated as part of some very gruesome experiments.
Furthermore, they went as far as to shout, “Shame on UW [University of Wisconsin] for mutilating and killing cats!”
Needless to say, the university's staff did not hesitate to call in local authorities, who were quick in putting an end to this protest and arresting both Oscar nominee James Cromwell and the PETA members who were accompanying him.
Despite his being taken into police custody, James Cromwell wished to make it quite clear that neither he, nor PETA have any intention of ceasing to organize such protests against the university and its habit of conducting various painful experiments on cats.
Apparently, the actor's exact statements on the matter at hand were as follows: “The University of Wisconsin may think that grant money matters more than animals' suffering, but the public who unwittingly funds this cruelty demands an end to these hideous experiments.”
“My friends at PETA and I will continue to call on UW-Madison to stop cutting into and killing cats in this useless experiment,” James Cromwell went on to add.
Footage of the protest is made available to you in the video below.