A few weeks ago, Ryan Gosling wrote Costco a letter in regard to The Humane Society’s undercover investigation of Costco’s egg supplier.
Now, Brad Pitt is joining the fight with Gosling by writing a letter as well regarding Costco’s eggs.
Entertainment Tonight wrote: “In Pitt’s letter to Costco’s CEO Craig Jelinek, he 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,” the Fury star added. “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.”
Watch video on The Humane Society‘s undercover investigation of Costco’s eggs:
The letter, however, ends with both a compliment and a plea.
“I admire Costco’s many positive social commitments,” Pitt noted. “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?”
Eight years ago, Costco publicly announced it would stop using caged eggs and only use free-range, but that still hasn’t happened.
The Guardian reported: “The retailer said in 2007 that it would move towards ridding its stores of battery hen-laid eggs. But in June, the firm indicated there were still issues to be resolved. “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,” the company said in a statement.
Let’s hope Costco can live up to their promise, and start using cage-free eggs.