Brad Pitt Doesn't Want Ryan Gosling Taking All the Credit for Protecting These Chicks

Save the chickens! Brad Pitt recently wrote an open letter to Costco in an attempt to get the big-box retailer to stop selling eggs laid by caged chicken. The missive came just weeks after fellow hottie actor Ryan Gosling penned his own angry letter to the grocery chain.

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Pitt addresses Costco's CEO Craig Jelinek and wrote, "As you know, these birds producing eggs for your shelves are crammed five or more into cages that are not large enough for even one hen to spread her wings."

"In these cruel cages, the animals' muscles and bones atrophy from years of immobilization. That's why the cages are illegal in most of Europe, and why California banned the cages by an overwhelming vote years ago," he continued. "In short, cramming hens into cages for their entire lives constitutes cruelty to animals, and animals deserve better. As you know, many major corporations, from Burger King to Unilever, are getting rid of cages -- and Whole Foods hasn't sold eggs from caged hens in years."

He seemed confident that Costco would change its cagey ways, and added, "I admire Costco's many positive social commitments ... You've shown great courage and integrity on a range of issues. Won't you please extend that sensibility -- and basic decency -- to chickens? Please, will you set a reasonable timeframe to stop selling eggs from caged hens?"

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Costco announced back in 2007 that they would be making the transition to cage-free eggs but still hasn't announced a plan to make that happen. In June, the company made a statement essentially saying they were wavering on the issue, as there are "vigorous debates about animal welfare and laying hens. Some, such as the Humane Society, advocate that hens be 'cage-free' and not confined in cages. Some advocate that cages are safer for hens."

It will be interesting to see how Costco responds to the Hollywood hunk pressure to make sure all their eggs come from cage-free chickens.

 

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