Ryan Gosling stands up for chickens in letter to Costco

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Ryan Gosling Urges Costco to Sell Cage-Free Eggs


Ryan Gosling is taking issue with Costco.

Joining forces with the Humane Society of the United States, the Crazy, Stupid, Love actor is taking a stand against the retail giant for selling eggs produced by caged chickens.

"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 began his letter on Monday. "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."

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After he describes the video footage, he then claims that Costco has been deceiving people about their 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," he wrote. "You're already eliminating cages for veal calves and pigs – don't you feel that chickens also deserve the same mercy?"

Gosling is hopeful that Costco will go completely cage-free with its eggs.

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Costco first announced plans to move towards cage-free eggs back in 2007, but the company has yet to set a timeline for that goal.

With Gosling's help, maybe this plan will hatch!

Flashback to see how adorable Gosling was at the age of 18 in the video below.

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