Heartthrob Ryan Gosling is imploring Costco to have a heart.
Gosling penned a letter to Costco's CEO Craig Jelinek about the sickening treatment of chickens at a major Costco egg supplier, exposed through The Humane Society of the United States' undercover investigation.
Calling Costco's false depiction of birds in green pastures on egg packages "appalling," Gosling describes the real lives of the hens at the 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.
Eight years ago Costco said it wanted to eliminate caging egg-laying hens, but the undercover investigation shows that it hasn't bothered to follow through, despite growing public concern for how farm animals are treated. The investigation found that Costco's hens are crammed so tightly into cages they can't even spread their wings - and this is the norm in the egg industry, not the exception.