Veteran actor James Cromwell was arrested at SeaWorld in San Diego on July 24 while protesting the famed theme park’s treatment of killer whales in captivity.
Cromwell, who won an Emmy in 2013 for his performance in “American Horror Story” and took home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Babe”, was part of a group of protesters who crashed Sea World’s famed whale show, with his fellow protestors holding banners reading “SeaWorld Kills”; Cromwell, who addressed the audience with a bullhorn, wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “SeaWorld Sucks.”
Cromwell and his fellow protesters were handcuffed and placed under arrest.
“Orcas deserve a full life in the ocean, not a life sentence of swimming endless circles until they drop dead from disease,” said Cromwell in a statement. “My friends at PETA and I want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuaries without delay.”
Cromwell has now been slapped with a misdemeanour trespassing charge over the incident, according to a report from The San Diego Union-Tribune. The 77-year-old actor could face 90 days in jail or a fine up to $400 over the incident.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ran a livestream of the protest on its Facebook page, which can be seen below:
Cromwell, who recently appeared in HBO’s “The Young Pope”, is no stranger to being behind bars. The longtime activist has been arrested numerous times over the years for his involvement in protests; earlier this month, he was sentenced to serve seven days in jail due to his refusal to pay a fine stemming from a 2015 arrest, when he was protesting a power plant in upstate New York.
“If we don’t stay together, nothing will charge,” said the 77-year-old actor, reported the Middletown Times-Herald Record. “Power to the people.”