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Ryan Gosling writes open letter urging Costco to sell cage-free eggs

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Ryan Gosling is speaking up for animal rights, publicly urging Costco to stop selling eggs from caged chickens in its stores.

“I am writing today about the recent undercover investigation conducted by my friends at The Humane Society of the United States at a Costco egg supplier,” Gosling wrote in an open letter to Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, referring to video footage that showed “abhorrent cruelty” including “rows upon rows of birds confined in filth-laden cages with the mummified corpses of their cage-mates” and “hens’ wings, legs, and necks trapped in the corroded wires of their battery cages.”

He continued, “Furthermore, it is appalling that Costco has been selling these eggs with deceptive labeling on cartons featuring graphics of birds living out in a green pasture. You’re already eliminating cages for veal calves and pigs – don’t you feel that chickens also deserve the same mercy?”

“So many corporations are meeting public demand for more humane products and transparency in the food chain,” Gosling said in conclusion. “I sincerely hope that Costco will set plans now to go completely cage-free for its eggs.”

This isn’t the first time the actor, director and meme-inspirer has voiced his support for better treatment of animals. In 2003, he wrote  a letter to KFC urging the chain to treat its chickens more humanely. In 2013, Gosling joined with PETA to call for a stop to the practice of “dehorning” calves on dairy farms, and published an op-ed in Canada’s Globe and Mail advocating for the elimination of “gestation crates” to improve the lives of pigs. 

Read Gosling’s full letter at the Humane Society website.

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