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Update: James Cromwell Won’t Face Criminal Charges Over UW Protest

Written by Michelle Kretzer | March 25, 2013

Update: Good news! We love James Cromwell even more than we already did because of his willingness to face arrest to help bring attention to cruel brain experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and now we love that local prosecutors have declined to bring criminal disorderly conduct charges against him—as well as against the PETA staff member who was arrested with him—for pointing out that the experiments are unethical and must be stopped. The pair have instead been cited for noncriminal county ordinance violations—similar to a traffic ticket.

The USDA’s documentation confirms that pain was inflicted on cats—including Double Trouble—who suffered from chronic life-threatening infections after having holes drilled into their skulls and metal coils implanted in their eyes and being constantly starved to force them to obey commands. Please join James Cromwell today in urging the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to stop these cruel and deadly experiments.

The following was originally posted on February 7, 2013:

Members of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents sat stunned as actor James Cromwell entered their meeting to challenge them over experiments on cats. Likely the last thing the board expected today was to have an Academy Award nominee rush in, holding a grisly picture of a cat with a large metal post protruding from her head, and exclaim, “This is not science! This is torture! Shame on you!” But James, a longtime PETA supporter, felt that it was high time the board got personally called out for UW-Madison’s abuse of cats. Campus police arrested him and a PETA staff member but not before the board had to stare into the face of just one of the many cats who had been tormented and killed in UW-Madison’s disturbing brain and ear experiments.

The orange tabby cat whose image has become synonymous with the cruel cat laboratories is Double Trouble. Experimenters screwed a steel post to her skull so that they could immobilize her head and planted electrical devices deep inside her ears. They allowed her massive, bloody head wound to become severely infected, and they then starved her for days at a time so that she would cooperate with them in exchange for a morsel of food to eat. Finally, calling the experiment a failure, they killed and decapitated her.

PETA has repeatedly asked UW-Madison to end its abusive experiments on cats but has received no response. Please e-mail UW’s Board of Regents and urge the members to listen to James and the hundreds of thousands of other compassionate people who want the school to end these cruel cat laboratories and switch to modern, superior, non-animal research methods.

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  • Paola Gavino says:

    Sahme on you to perform these experiments. These are sentient being that suffer the same as we do, you are monsters!

  • Deborah Zwolenkiewicz says:

    Please listen.

  • Dawn M. Becker says:

    I think it is disgusting…they should use people that are in jail for life.

  • Joanna Dunne says:

    It is great what he has done. He was only standing up for defenceless cats. He should never have been arrested. The people at the University of Wisconsin who inflict such cruelty on animals should have been arrested instead.

  • Lucie says:

    I have never seen something less human like this. I have a cat, just like the one in the picture, and I totally understand and support PETA, cats are our friends, not our experiments!

  • T.Collette says:

    Bravo to the courageous people how are not afraid to confront those who torture innocent animals.

  • Heathereno says:

    This isn’t science, this is torture. I am the voice for these animals and urge you to listen. How can you sleep at night knowing this is going on??? Please stop this abuse and horror NOW Thank you

  • Christine says:

    Bravo James and Peta Supporters! Great timing too…This is awesome, and needs to happen more frequently! That’s an Oscar Winning action taken on behalf of all animals tortured in labs.

  • Roisin Kelly says:

    Cats are like your children – they need care, company, freedom, stimulation and safety. They’re not for torturing because they can’t talk. UW must act responibly and ethically in its scientific research. I will not visit that state or support its businesses while this goes on.

  • DEBORAH GORDON says:

    Well done James Cromwell for standing up for animals tortured in the name of science. I would be interested to know what exactly these experiments prove & how they benefit mankind? The experiment was a failure! Even so the cat was not allowed to live or go to a loving home where she could know kindness.

  • DEBORAH GORDON says:

    Well done James Cromwell for standing up for animals tortured in the name of science. I would be interested to know what exactly these experiments prove & how they benefit mankind? The experiment was a failure! Even so the cat was not allowed to live or go to a loving home where she could know kindness.

  • doug krause says:

    James Cromwell rocks!!! Give ‘me hell!!

  • nichelle lee says:

    Thank you James Cromwell and Peta for taking action!The University of Wisconsin should indeed be ashamed of conducting such hideous torture on animals.

  • Suzanne Sheldon says:

    Thank you PETA for not giving up on getting the message out about poor tortured cats like Double Trouble. Thank you Mr. Cromwell for having the humanity, the integrity, and the courage to expose the utterly barbaric and savage treatment of cats, and probably other innocent animals, in the name of bogus science. You’re right, shame on them. Hopefully we can get more people stepping up to the plate to expose UW-Madison. Thank you again. Respectfully, Suzanne Sheldon

  • Karen M Petrie says:

    I called the school and after 4 transfer’s they hung up on me. Please please stop this I can not stand to look at the picture, I can’t imagine what those animals go through.

  • Ivonne Fuentes says:

    Members of the University of Wisconsin : My name is Ivonne Fuentes, I am from Chile Latin-America I am a teacher and I am absolutely disturbed by the cruel and abusive cat experiments that are taking part in this University, shame on you. This is disgraceful and an abomination to the rest of the world. How people and most of all, Institutions result so non ethic and disrespectful with life? Shame on you!

  • Eric Chang says:

    Shame

  • Raina Spaziani says:

    SHAME ON YOU is Right!! How do you horrendous people sleep at night KNOWING this is being done to justify salaries!!! FIRE these people, clean house!!!

  • Jana Pendragon says:

    More well known Americans need to follow Mr. Cromwell’s brave stance. He is a hero in the war against animal abuse, torture and slavery. Who else with his status is willing to go to the mat?

  • Jana Pendragon says:

    More well known Americans need to follow Mr. Cromwell’s brave stance. He is a hero in the war against animal abuse, torture and slavery. Who else with his status is willing to go to the mat?

  • Dennis Beebe says:

    May God Bless you Mr.Cromwell.I live near Madison,WI and have been unaware this atrocious and barbaric practice has been going on.Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  • Kelly Ballew says:

    You go James Cromwell!!! Love him and by the way awsome job on American Horror Story….

  • jypsyjen says:

    I love you Mr. Cromwell!!!!!

  • Gabriella Tardocchi Canestrini says:

    Please stop these horrible experiments. Animals are our brothers.

  • LUISA GAMA says:

    Demanding an end to cruel and deadly brain experiments on scores of cats.

  • Kim says:

    Stop this horrific behaviour. Kahma is a bitch!

  • Kim says:

    Stop this horrific behaviour. Kahma is a bitch!

  • MDKennedy says:

    Bravo, Mr, Cromwell!

  • Bassam Chakelli says:

    Thank u!!

  • Dana Strunk says:

    Please, please, please stop the experiments on cats. They feel pain and sorrow. How would you like to live in a cage and be experimented on. Please stop.

  • Anthony Orioli says:

    Thank You James Cromwell!!!! UW- Madison is guilty of the most unethical, disgusting behavior – and this guy is arrested? Seems like the wrong people are being put behind bars.

  • Renee says:

    This is so cruel! How do you live with yourselves?

  • Paula Rojas says:

    Stop torturing animals in the name of science! Stop the cruelty!

  • Cass says:

    I am so grateful that James Cromwell did this. UW-Madison’s treatment of these cats is grotesque and makes me wonder about the responsible researchers’ mental state. It is in my mind impossible to carry out such brutal acts to a fellow creature. Under any circumstances. Science has advanced to such a level that it is archaic to keep experimenting on animals at all, not to mention unethical. It is my life’s aim to reach a level of my own career where I can also contribute to Peta’s cause financially and through the media like James Cromwell and other dedicated people of prominence.

  • Alicia Jones says:

    PLEASE END YOUR CRUEL, TORTUROUS EXPERIMENTS ON THESE ANIMALS. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF SOMEONE DRILLED HOLES IN YOUR BRAIN. THIS IS DISGUSTING.

  • Diana Mar Amaya says:

    Hello! All I want to say is how proud I am of this hero. My greatest respects. all the way from Mexico. My support to him, and to all these precious animals.

  • maryanne says:

    Way to go james!! Wish there were more people lika u out there ! so much respect to you.

  • Cynthia Soto says:

    This 1st Century for Christ’s sake!

  • Lindah says:

    you rock james !!! Wish i could be there to support u !! hugs!!

  • Lindah says:

    you rock james !!! Wish i could be there to support u !! hugs!!

  • mistiecristie says:

    you should be ASHAMED of yourselves for causing such immense pain and torture to an innocent animal. starving it, letting it suffer in pain and it becoming infected while you would not let it move immobilizing it. you THEN proceed to KILL IT BY DECAPITATION. HOW IS THIS SCIENCE AND A HUMANE WAY TO TREAT AN ANIMAL? Im outraged along with countless other people. there are MANY alternative methods to accomplishing the test and results that you need. How can you cause so much suffering to another mammal when you have alternatives? How can you justify this? Think and be compassionate. I understand that you need to do what you can to help the human race, but not at the cost of an innocent life by torturing it when there is an alternate route. PLEASE WE BEG YOU.

  • Karen Malec says:

    This is absolutely cruel and despicable. I live in Barrington, IL, where many students desire to attend UW-Madison. I plan on forwarding this information to high school age kids/parents so that they are aware of what is going on at this university!

  • Siraganda says:

    These criminal jerks must stop the murder of these innocent cats at once! These monsters deserve to burn in hell! James Cromwell is a hero – I love him! This is a real man! Stop experiments on ALL animals at once!

  • james carroll says:

    STOP IT !

  • Jessica Vollhardt says:

    He’s right. This is not science!!

  • Jaime Sanitni says:

    Please stop this cruel treatment of animals. There are other ways to test science. No living creature should endure this kind of torture.

  • Pamela McNeil says:

    Show some basic human compassion. Please stop these cruel and unnecessary experiments.

  • amir poni says:

    let the animals live without suffer – like god mean

  • arleen winegar says:

    I am apalled at the treatment of animals. its heartbreaking to see the experiments that they perform on them…so sad

  • Karen says:

    I’m a former student of UW Madison and the veterinary school there performed an extremely expensive life-saving operation on my cat when she nearly died of a diaphramtic hernia and the technical skills exceeded those of my local vet. As a grad and citizen of Wisconsin I appreciate the UW System, but their cruel and archaic tortuous experimentation on cats and other animals is morally and ethically reprehensible. Thank you so much PETA and James Cromwell for your efforts to help end this incredibly cruel experimentation. Please keep the pressure on.

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