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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Actor James Cromwell arrested during protest at UW Regents -- 2013


'Babe' Savior Stands Up For Abused Pigs in New Video

The actor and animal rights activist calls on Wal-Mart to end the use of gestation crates.

James Cromwell Narrates Animal Rights Video for Pigs
Actor James Cromwell with one of the pigs who played the star in a scene from "Babe."(Ho New/Reuters)
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It’s nearly been 20 years since James Cromwell said, “That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do,” in the filmBabe.
Farmer Arthur Hoggett, played by Cromwell, initially puts off slaughtering the titular piglet only in order to allow it to fatten up. But when the hog proves to be adept at wrangling sheep, he becomes a important living, working member of the farm.
Cromwell is talking pigs again recently, as an animal rights activist, narrating a disturbing, violent video (serious warning: it’s really, truly graphic) cut from undercover footage shot at a Wal-Mart pork producer.

The chain promotes its low prices, he says in the opening, however, “when it comes to the pork sold at its store, animals are left to pay the highest price of all: A life filled with misery and deprivation.”
Not only is the behavior of workers in the facility reprehensible—employees are shown severely beating both sows and piglets, as well as docking tails and castrating young piglets without administering any anesthetic.
“Dead and dying piglets are a frequent sight at this Wal-Mart supplier,” Cromwell says.
A Wal-Mart spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter, "We think the animal handling in this video is unacceptable," but the statement does not address the issue of gestation crates—the widely banned, very tight confinements sows are forced to inhabit in such a facility.
“These curious and social animals are driven mad by boredom and stress in these nightmarish conditions. This is torture, plain and simple,” Cromwell says of the horrendous impact the gestation crates have on pigs. Viewers are encouraged to call on Wal-Mart to ban the confinement practice via a petition on Walmartcruelty.com.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

James Cromwell Locks Himself in Cage to Protest Against Air France | Ecorazzi.com

james cromwell peta

Animal rights activist, and Oscar-nominated star of ‘“Babe”, James Cromwell, voluntarily caged himself at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), as part of a protest against alleged cruelty to primates.
Cromwell joined members of the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), inside of the Tom Bradley International Terminal for a protest against Air France airlines. The seventy-four year old veteran actor was placed in a shipping crate large enough to fit his six-foot-seven-inch frame. While standing inside the crate that displayed the spray painted words “Live Primate” across the front, Cromwell held a sign that read; “Air France: Stop shipping primates to labs.”
Cromwell and the other protesters called for Air France to change their policies regarding the shipment of primates to laboratories. They demanded that Air France “join every other major airline in the world and stop transporting intelligent, social primates to laboratories, where they are tortured—sometimes for decades—before being killed.”
Cromwell sharesd his message on Twitter:
James Cromwell’s message to @AirFranceFR at #LAX airport: CRUELTY DOESN’T FLY.
Stop shipping monkeys 2 labs! pic.twitter.com/fXqzd13huA
According to a statement from PETA, which organized the action, Air France “is the only major airline in the world that still ships primates to laboratories, where they’re confined to cramped cages, poisoned with drugs and chemicals, infected with diseases, intentionally injured, deprived of food and water, and ultimately killed.”
“The real horror story is the pain and terror of the monkeys in Air France’s cargo holds beneath the feet of unsuspecting passengers,” said Cromwell . “My friends at PETA and I are telling Air France that cruelty shouldn’t fly and that the airline needs to join the rest of the industry in refusing to deliver primates to their deaths in laboratories.”
“Some of these animals come from squalid monkey farms, while others are torn away from their homes and families in the wild. The primates are crammed into small wooden crates and transported inside dark cargo holds for nearly 30 hours before they reach their final—and deadly—destination. Air France shipped at least 5,500 monkeys to U.S. laboratories in 2013,” said PETA.
Air France officials have not yet issued a response to the protest.
Cromwell has engaged in many protests on behalf of animals. Last year, the actor was arrested for interrupting a university board meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and demanding  an end to cruel and deadly brain experiments on cats. The actor pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct charges and paid a fine.
Photo Credit: PETA