Actor James Cromwell and another animal rights activist were charged Friday with civil ordinance violations for allegedly disrupting a UW Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 7.

Cromwell, 73, of Studio City, Calif., and Jeremy Beckham, 27, of Salt Lake City, face fines after they were charged with disorderly conduct for protesting cruelty to cats used in research.

"This is not science, this is torture, and it is criminal! Shame on UW!" Cromwell shouted at the Regents meeting before being led away by police.

Cromwell, known for film roles in "Babe," "The Queen" and "L.A. Confidential," and Beckham were initially booked into the Dane County Jail on tentative misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges, which would have carried a potential jail sentence.

The ordinance violations, which are not criminal charges, instead carry fines of up to $1,000.

The two are slated to appear in court on March 25.

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