Ryan Gosling wants chickens to live cage-free

The actor pens a letter to Costco CEO to plead for cages to eliminated from the egg supply chain

By Andrea Tim | Published: 23 Jun 2015

Ryan: Cage-free eggs
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The Humane Society of the United States reports that Costco promised 8 years ago to go 100% cage-free with its egg supply. In a video posted earlier this month, it seems that the supermarket giant has not fulfilled its promise. A May 2015 investigation by the society revealed that Costco's egg factory provided terrible living conditions for the hundreds of thousands of chickens, while production goes on as normal.

This is undoubtedly animal cruelty at work and Ryan Gosling obviously feels the same. He wrote a letter to Craig Jelinek, CEO of Costco Wholesale Corporation to voice his opinion and to ask that the company let its chickens run free. Read his letter here:

Dear Mr. 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.

Furthermore, it is appalling that Costco has been selling these eggs with deceptive labelling 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.

Ryan Gosling

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