James Cromwell was formally charged on February 22, 2013 for Disorderly Conduct. Why?
The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin-Madison got a shock at their February 7th meeting when they were unexpectedly faced with the glaring censure of actor James Cromwell over their continued animal experimentation on cats.
Cromwell, a known animal advocate and PETA activist entered the meeting uninvited with another activist (Jeremy Beckham) and, holding up large graphic images of a UW tortured lab cat named Double Trouble (who was later decapitated), shouted “This is not science, it’s torture! Shame on you!”
The story of UW’s horrific treatment of the orange tabby was first reported here in September of 2012 – Animal Experiments continue at University of Wisconsin despite AWA violations. The article outlines the brutal experiments performed on Double Trouble. ““during a series of highly invasive surgeries—during which she woke up on more than one occasion—Double Trouble had steel coils implanted in her eyes, a stainless steel post screwed into her skull, and electrodes inserted in her brain. UW faculty then applied a toxic chemical to her ears to deafen her and implanted electrical devices deep inside both of her ears”), but whatever outcome they were trying to achieve failed and they put the cat down after forcing her to endure these tests, and decapitated her for further research.”
The PETA files quotes “I think a lot of people got out their phones and took photographs,” Cromwell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Thursday. “I’m sure it’ll go viral, and that’s why I’m here.”
UMW receives upwards of $300 million a year to experiment on animals. Animal experimentation is an over $100 billion a year industry worldwide.
The bottom line for UW-Madison seems to be money. Perhaps it takes an Academy Award nominated actor to shine a spotlight on unnecessary and cruel animal experimentation. (Cromwell is known for his roles in Babe, I, Robot, The Green Mile, and most recently on the hit TV series American Horror Story)
With the world watching as Cromwell intended, and continued protests from advocates and activists alike, it is hoped that UW will finally end their Mary Shelley-esque experiments on these cats, and all animals once and for all.
The charges against Cromwell and Beckham are not considered criminal, but they do carry up to a $1000 fine.
That’ll do, James Cromwell. That’ll do.
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M. Gwynn has authored two books, Harvest and The Cat Who Wanted to be a Reindeer on Amazon.com .
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