James Cromwell Arrested During SeaWorld Protest

James Cromwell Arrested
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Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell was arrested at SeaWorld in San Diego during a PETA protest against treatment of orca whales on Monday, the animal rights organization said.

Cromwell and fellow protesters were handcuffed and taken into custody after the animal rights advocates crashed SeaWorld’s famous “Orca Encounter” whale show, PETA said in a statement to media outlets. Clad in a “SeaWorld Sucks” t-shirt and armed with a megaphone, the veteran actor and longtime activist informed the audience about the amusement park’s history of premature orca deaths and marine mammal suffering.

PETA live streamed the protest on its Facebook page. Variety has reached out to the San Diego Police Department for additional details.

“Orcas deserve a full life in the ocean, not a life sentence of swimming endless circles until they drop dead from disease,” Cromwell said in a statement. “My friends at PETA and I want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuaries without delay.”

SeaWorld has seen considerable backlash in the past few years in regards to its treatment of orcas, especially following the release of 2013 documentary “Blackfish.” In response to the controversy, and declining revenue, the park announced last year that it would cease its practice of breeding orcas. “Orca Encounter” is a relatively new show, replacing SeaWorld’s previous spectacle which featured the orcas performing tricks and trainers riding the whales.

Last month, Cromwell was sentenced to a week in jail following his arrest during a power plant protest in New York back in 2015 after refusing to pay fines levied against him after his initial arrest. His credits include “Babe,” “American Horror Story,” “The Green Mile,” and “L.A. Confidential.”

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  1. Lesley says:

    Love you James Cromwell, you are compassionate human, thank you so much for what you did xxxxxx

    • Concerned says:

      We really need to create hefty fines and incarceration or organizations and people associated with them that engage in endangering and killing animals like PETA does.

  2. Paula Renee says:

    James Cromwell is a hero for animals.

  3. David says:

    Bravi James and activists for speaking up in the face of such brazen ignorance and abuse. Much gratitude for your admirable work.

  4. KimMarie says:

    Go, James! I respect his dedication to equal rights and raising awareness about how truly terrible #seaworldofhurt is to animals. Empty the tanks!

  5. Craig Shapiro says:

    I admire Mr. Cromwell no end for having the courage of his convictions. And he’s right: It’s past time for SeaWorld to transition its captives to seaside sanctuaries.

  6. Marie Kearton says:

    Thank you James Cromwell. My deepest respects

  7. lucyspost says:

    Bravo, Mr. Cromwell, for speaking out against SeaWorld’s cruelty. It is simply wrong to confine large, active, intelligent orcas to tanks that are, to them, the size of bathtubs.

  8. Jennofur says:

    I so respect and admire Mr. Cromwell. I so detest and condemn SeaWorld.

  9. Glenda says:

    Well done James and friends, bringing much needed to attention to the greedy cynical company that is Sea World. Watch Blackfish

  10. Richard H. says:

    What a idiot. PETA kills more animals that Sea World has rescued. People that support PETA are NOTHING but terrorists.

    • lucyspost says:

      This bears no relevance to SeaWorld’s exploitation of orcas, but PETA is a shelter of last resort for animals who need euthanasia to end their suffering. This video shows some of the animals PETA has helped in its community

  11. Megan H. says:

    3-Month-Old Orca Dies Suddenly At SeaWorld July 24, 2017

    She’s the third baby animal to die at the parks this year.

  12. Lucky says:

    Going full DDL for his role in JW2?

  13. Megan H. says:

    In the mean time. Baby killer whale dies at SeaWorld San Antonio (Good Morning AmericaJuly 24, 2017)
    Some people will never find an ounce of compassion for the oppressed. Thank you Mr. Cromwell for speaking out against the cruelty, for the ones that are so at our mercy!

  14. April Abs says:

    He’s am idiot

  15. tvlover44 says:

    good for him and the other protesters! i saw that ‘blackfish’ documentary a while back and was absolutely shattered after watching it. i’d felt intuitively as a young adult that these sea world offerings are horrible and oppressive to the animals and have always stayed away from them, but now i know that my intuitions were right and the animals are very unhappy. these types of shows should be outlawed.

  16. Jackson W says:

    So desperate for attention. So pathetic.

    • Desperate for attention? Pathetic? Patheic is when people pay HUGE corporations for entertainment that causes great danger, pain and trauma to animals mostly babies all stolen from their families that were murdered. Watch Blackfish and maybe you will understand. Seaworld could care a less about these beautiful creatures. It is all about greed.

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