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Gosling slams ‘appalling eggs’

Ryan Gosling wrote a letter to Costco asking the American wholesale retail chain to stop selling eggs supplied by companies that mistreat chickens.

The 34-year-old Gangster Squad actor wrote a letter to Craig Jelinek, the CEO of Costco Wholesale Corporation, less than two weeks after The Humane Society of the United States conducted an undercover investigation at the farm of one of the retail chain’s suppliers.

Footage obtained through the investigation shows the chickens were laying eggs in conditions many would find inhumane and Ryan doesn’t think anyone should eat eggs sourced from farms like this.

“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,” his letter, which was published by CageFreeFuture.com, reads.

The note, dated June 22, 2015, went on to lambast Costco for misleading the public.

Ryan thinks the company tricked people into thinking this particular product was derived from an open-range supplier.

“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,” he wrote. “You’re already eliminating cages for veal calves and pigs—don’t you feel that chickens also deserve the same mercy?”

Since the Humane Society released the footage, their video has received over 200,000 views and over 10,000 people have called on Costco to change their tactics on the matter.

Ryan concluded the note by campaigning for the benefits of cage-free eggs, noting many consumers want to eat food sourced from humane farms.

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

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