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    Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:14:00

    Ryan Gosling Sends Letter to McDonald's  - Pleading for the fast food and den of fat to stop treating chickens like shit

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    Academy Award-nominated thesp Ryan Gosling likes chicks. And not just his ex, Rachel McAdams. The actor wrote a letter to an executive at McDonald's, regarding their vicious treatment of chickens by scalding them in defeathering tanks. Gosling penned the missive on PETA's behalf. He asked CEO Jim Skinner to employ a less cruel method of slaughter when it comes to McNuggets.

    The text of the letter is below:

    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that McDonald's, a company that claims to be an industry leader in animal welfare, still allows its suppliers to use an outdated chicken slaughter method that results in broken wings and legs and causes birds to be scalded to death in defeathering tanks.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.

    Gosling's karma (and his cuteness) just went up a few points for his effort, which sounds genuine and heartfelt. What's next, though? The actor throwing red paint on fur coat-sporting ladies who lunch?

    Has Gosling inspired you to forego that six-piece serving of McNuggets in favor of fairer treatment of chickens and better treatment of your waistline? He should! Mistreating animals is unacceptable, whether your cat hoarder or a corporation like Micky D's.

    —Amy Sciarretto

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