Last Wednesday we learned that Glee‘s Lea Michele was the latest celebrity spokesperson to team up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to join their crusade for animal rights. It turns out that actor Ryan Gosling has also decided to work with PETA in defense of animal rights and has fired off an open letter to the McDonald’s fast food chain regarding their treatment of the chickens they prepare as food:
Ryan Gosling is the heartthrob with a heart of gold—and now he’s got a message for the Golden Arches: Stop scalding chickens to death in defeathering tanks. The Oscar-nominated actor just fired off a letter on PETA’s behalf to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner asking him to adopt a less cruel slaughter method. Controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK), which McDonald’s European suppliers already use, would eliminate the worst abuses currently faced by chickens who are killed for McNuggets. Ryan himself said it best in Half Nelson: “The only constant is change.” By changing to a more humane slaughter method, McDonald’s would evolve and show the world some compassion for animals. If you could say anything to McD’s, what would you tell them?
After the jump, read the full text of the letter supposedly written to McDonald’s by Ryan Gosling. While we are led to believe that Ryan actually wrote the text of the letter, it’s more likely that the letter was written and approved by him later. Wanna hear Gosling‘s beef with McD’s? Read on …
Dear Mr. Skinner,
I was shocked to learn from my friends at PETA that McDonald’s, a company that claims to be an industry leader in animal welfare, still allows its suppliers to use an outdated chicken slaughter method that results in broken wings and legs and causes birds to be scalded to death in defeathering tanks.
Many of McDonald’s suppliers in Europe already use a much more humane slaughter method that eliminates the worst cruelty. What’s your excuse?
Because no federal laws govern the treatment of chickens during slaughter, the responsibility lies in your company’s hands to create and maintain a high standard of animal welfare. I hope you will agree that the time has come for McDonald’s to truly take action to reduce the suffering of chickens killed for its restaurants. I look forward to hearing your decision. Thank you.
Sincerely, Ryan Gosling
Whether or not you agree with Ryan‘s position and whether or not you agree with PETA‘s tactics, you’ve got to admire the guy for putting his stamp of approval on something he obviously cares about. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to follow the strict guidelines set forth by animal rights groups like this but at least its of some comfort to know that there are others doing what they can for the ideals they believe in. PETA is very clever to work with celebs like Ryan with huge fanbases. Tactics like this are sure to garner the attention of at least a few fans. Will it work? Who knows? At least you’ve got to give them credit for trying.