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Actor James Cromwell arrested in UW animal rights protest

Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell, best known for playing the kindly farmer in "Babe: Pig in the City" ("That'll do, pig") went to bat for another kind of animal Thursday morning at the UW System Board of Regents meeting and got himself arrested.

Cromwell, 73, and another protester from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Jeremy Beckham, entered the board meeting on Thursday, holding large, graphic photos of a cat named Double Trouble that they say was experimented on and killed by UW-Madison researchers.

"Shame on UW for mutilating and killing cats!" Cromwell yelled at the board, disrupting the meeting. Here's a video PETA provided of the protest.

UW Madison Police Sgt. Brent Gruber said university police escorted the pair out. Cromwell agreed to leave when asked, while Beckham passively resisted the officers by going limp. He was dragged from the room by officers.

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