For nearly two decades, actor James Cromwell has been an outspoken vegan and animal rights activist. Since his role as Farmer Hoggett in the film Babe, Cromwell has been a part of several radical animal rights organizations, such as Mercy for Animals and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Seen as a “hero” by the animal rights movement, One Green Planet, a site notorious for their yearn to see the end of zoos and animal captivity, published an article called “6 Times Actor James Cromwell Told Animal Abusers What He Really Thinks.” The article lists projects Cromwell has worked on and protests he has been involved with. He has narrated several anti-meat videos and movies and has participated in countless protests against animal industries and zoological facilities.
In his latest publicity stunt, Cromwell led a disruptive and factually incorrect protest at Seaworld San Diego during an Orca Encounter presentation. While park guests were attempting to view the show to learn more about orcas, Cromwell and a handful of other PETA members made their way to the front of the stadium with megaphones and signs, calling out false statements against a company that as rescued and aided over 30,000 animals in its 53 year history. James Cromwell does not actively participate in animal rescue, nor does he give his support to organizations that actually help animals.
One of the false claims made by Cromwell was that Seaworld’s orcas do not live with their families and being separated from them causes them stress and harm. Had Cromwell and the other associates of PETA done their research, they would have known that several of the members of the San Diego pod are related by blood, and that orcas will form close bonds with each other regardless of blood relation, both in the wild and in human care. No matter who they are in relation to each other on a family tree, the 10 orcas at Seaworld San Diego are indeed a family.
Cromwell was charged with a misdemeanor for trespassing. He could face up to 90 days in prison and/or a $400 fine. Cromwell is known for always choosing to do time in prison for his arrests related to his “activism.” Instead of disrupting the public, trespassing, spreading false information, and wasting taxpayer money by serving jail time, Cromwell can actually help animals by getting involved with groups like Seaworld who actively participate in animal rescue, research, and education.
By Cromwell making a fool of himself and the groups he represents, he is not aiding any animals. In fact, the lies that he and PETA spread are damaging to animals, jeopardizing their well being and care by turning the public against the people who love and care for these animals. Perhaps if Cromwell spends 90 days in jail for this crime, he will use the time wisely to reconsider who he aligns himself with and how he can actually help animals.