UW-Madison police arrested People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activist and actor James Cromwell yesterday after he entered a UW System Board of Regents meeting to protest alleged animal rights violations by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cromwell, an Oscar-nominated actor, and another protester, Jeremy Beckham, entered the room with a large sign depicting a mutilated cat named Double Trouble, who they claim was experimented on and killed by researchers at UW-Madison.
UW Police escorted the men out of the meeting, and upon arrival at Dane County Jail Cromwell and Beckham were charged with disorderly conduct.
Cromwell’s history with PETA dates back to his involvement with the movie Babe, during which he entered into a relationship with the movie’s namesake and award-winning pig, Babe.
A source close to Cromwell, who asked to remain anonymous, said the two were spotted eating out of the same trough outside Babe’s residence late one night after filming.
Their relationship accelerated in the days following, and they have stayed in touch ever since “filming ended all those years ago,” Cromwell said.
Babe even attended Cromwell’s brother’s graduation from community college, stating that it “was the least I could do after all we’ve been through together.”
It was only after various labor law violations during shooting that Cromwell began campaigning for animal rights, while maintaining that his love of bacon had not wavered throughout the process.
“Babe is very close to me, but she has also had to accept that I can’t change who I am, and bacon is a big part of that.” Cromwell said.
He has stayed involved with PETA since then, attributing his dedication to “the large amount of support” that he receives from the animal rights community.
“At first I thought PETA stood for people eating tasty animals, but I kept going for Babe,” he said. “She’s going to taste, I mean, she’s going to change the world.”