Ryan Gosling Writes Damning Letter To Costco — Demands Cage-Free Eggs

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We’ve seen quite an influx in public stances from Hollywood stars over the past few days. On June 21, Taylor Swift shared her disappointment with Apple Music and the company's initial decision not to pay writers, producers, or artists during free, three-month trials of the streaming service. The next day, Apple reversed its decision. Now, Ryan Gosling is not happy with Costco, E! Online reports.

Following the Humane Society of the United States’ undercover investigation into the treatment of animals at one of the chain’s primary egg suppliers, Gosling wrote an open letter to Costco CEO Craig Jelinek.

"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. Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty including rows upon rows of birds confined in filth-laden cages with the mummified corpses of their cage-mates — eating, sleeping, defecating, and laying eggs on top of dead birds — and hens' wings, legs, and necks trapped in the corroded wires of their battery cages," he wrote. Gosling proceeded to push for the mega food corporation to solely sell cage-free eggs.

"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. I sincerely hope that Costco will set plans now to go completely cage-free for its eggs," he continued.

Today’s letter is the fourth of its kind from Gosling, as the actor has spoken up about animal treatment in the food industry in the past. In 2003, he called out KFC on the living conditions of its chickens. Alongside PETA in 2012, Gosling shared his disappointment about cruelty to cows on dairy farms. Just one year later, he teamed up with the Farm Sanctuary and Humane Society International/Canada to support over 1 million breeding pigs on Canadian farms. Lesson? Don’t treat animals like crap and expect Gosling not to come for you!

One of the benefits of celebrity is having a platform from which to speak up about important issues. We wouldn’t be surprised if Eva Mendes took after Calvin Harris and fully supported her partner. Costco has yet to respond to Gosling’s remarks, here's hoping they follow in Apple Music’s footsteps and make a change. (E! Online)
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