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‘Babe’ actor among animals rights protesters at Utah Capitol

November 21, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actor James Cromwell was among animal rights protesters who held stiff carcasses of dead piglets as they demonstrated at the Utah Capitol, calling on state officials to prevent cruelty at farms and investigate health risks associated with large-scale agriculture.

The 100 people participating in the protest staged Tuesday by Direct Action Everywhere were greeted by Michael Mower, Gov. Gary Herbert’s deputy chief of staff.

Mower listened to the protesters’ concerns and said he’d convey them to Herbert and other officials.

Cromwell, who starred in the 1995 film “Babe” about a young pig, said he believes Utah officials don’t want to “face the truth” of animal abuse.

The demonstrators didn’t reveal the farm from which the dead piglets were taken, but they said workers kill some piglets considered too small.