Ryan Gosling Pens Letter to Costco Demanding Cage-Free Eggs in Wake of Abuse Footage: "It Is Appalling"
"Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty including rows upon rows of birds confined in filth-laden cages with the mummified corpses of their cage-mates."
Ryan Gosling is for the birds.
The actor has penned an angry letter to Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, demanding the warehouse club stock cage-free eggs after video footage obtained by the The Humane Society revealed extreme animal mistreatment by one of Costco's primary egg suppliers.
"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," Gosling wrote.
"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 added. "I sincerely hope that Costco will set plans now to go completely cage-free for its eggs."
Costco has yet to respond.