James Cromwell was arrested October 31 at Texas A&M University during a PETA protest. Cromwell is the actor known for playing the farmer in Babe that saves a pig. His animal activism also carries into real life.
He was protesting animal testing during a University Board of Regents meeting. Texas A&M uses dogs for medical research and the protest was calling for the shutdown of the laboratory that conducts the testing.
Cromwell, 79, released a statement about the testing through PETA. “Texas A&M continues to torment golden retrievers and other dogs, even though decades of these experiments have not led to a cure for humans with muscular dystrophy. It’s time to let the dogs out, and my friends at PETA and I want them released to good homes where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace,” he said.
Research from KTBX found that Texas A&M has stopped breeding dogs for muscular dystrophy research, but still uses them for testing. The university wrote in a statement that it still participates in animal testing, saying, “Human clinical trials in DMD patients, based in part on studies in dogs, currently are underway..dogs [are] a good comparison when researching better health for people.”
Cromwell was arrested for protesting cruelty against orcas at SeaWorld in 2017. The actor has a history of participating in animal rights and other protests. He was jailed in 2017 after protesting at a power plant.
Animal testing is a useless and unethical part of scientific research, the testing is found to be ineffective, as 95% of drugs that pass animal tests fail on humans. Numerous companies are standing up against animal testing and recently the USDA made a decision to eliminate some mammalian testing by 2025 but there’s more to be done and it’s time countries ban animal experimentation all together as it’s hurts humans as well,
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