Canadian-born actor Ryan Gosling is joining the crusade to save the cluckers of the world from becoming the main course in your next box of Chicken McNuggets.
The Oscar-nominated Notebook star just fired off a letter to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner — on behalf of controversial animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — asking the corporate boss to adopt a more humane slaughter method for the chickens who are killed for the chain’s popular McNuggets. Check out what Ryan had to say:
Jim Skinner, CEO
2111 McDonald’s Dr.
Oak Brook, IL 60523
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that McDonald’s, a company that claims to be an industry leader in animal welfare, still allows its suppliers to use an outdated chicken slaughter method that results in broken wings and legs and causes birds to be scalded to death in defeathering tanks.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.
This isn’t the first time the screen hunk has used his star power to put an end to animal cruelty. Two years ago, Ryan penned a very similar letter to KFC’s Canadian headquarters, asking the company to update to more modern methods of slaughter. Shortly after, the fast food chain agreed purchase 100% of its chickens from suppliers that use humane slaughter methods.