James Cromwell Cited for Trespassing at SeaWorld
"Orcas deserve a full life in the ocean, not a life sentence of swimming endless circles until they drop dead from disease," the Oscar-nominated actor says.
James Cromwell was removed from SeaWorld in San Diego and then cited for trespassing for his part in a protest against the park Monday, San Diego police told The Hollywood Reporter.
Cromwell was not arrested, just removed from the venue and ticketed, police reiterated to THR.
The Oscar-nominated actor was captured on video wearing a shirt that stated “SeaWorld Sucks,” with a megaphone leading the protest with a group from PETA on the same day it was announced a three-month old killer whale named Kyara died.
"Kyara was being cared for at the park’s Animal Hospital surrounded by a team of dedicated staff members," SeaWorld tweeted. "Despite the team's best efforts Kyara passed earlier today, surrounded by lots of love."
All of the protesters were removed shortly after they began addressing the crowd, according to video.
“Orcas deserve a full life in the ocean, not a life sentence of swimming endless circles until they drop dead from disease,” Cromwell says in the video. “My friends at PETA and I want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuaries without delay.”
This is not the first time the 77-year-old actor has had a run-in with the law over his protesting. Last month, he was sentenced to seven days in jail for refusing to pay fines related to a protest at a New York power plant.