73-year-old Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell was arrested yesterday morning at the University of Wisconsin — after bursting into a board meeting … claiming the school tortures cats in the name of science.
Cromwell was arrested with PETA spokesman Jeremy Beckham, who accompanied Cromwell on the protest ambush.
PETA posted video of the protest … in which Cromwell and Beckham burst into a UW System Board of Regents meeting, shouting and holding signs showing a cat with metal implanted in its head at a UW-Madison lab.
PETA has claimed 30 cats a year at UW-Madison are starved, deafened, and decapitated for brain research that hasn’t accomplished its goals of improving human hearing. The university denies the accusations.
During the protest, Cromwell shouted, “This is not science. This is cruel!” Beckham then went limp and dropped to the floor in front of the regents, holding the cat torture sign over his head.
The regents were obviously taken aback by the sudden distraction, but no one responded to Cromwell or Beckham.
A University spokesperson said police showed up shortly after and dragged Beckham out of the room. Cromwell was escorted out in handcuffs. The meeting immediately resumed.