Oscar winning actor Brad Pitt is ruffling Costco’s feathers by urging them to discontinue the sale of eggs produced by caged hens. A few weeks after Ryan Gosling teamed up with the Humane Society to voice his concerns over the treatment of chickens, Brad has added his voice to the mission by penning a letter to the company’s CEO, Craig Jelinek.
“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," wrote Brad, who, along with wife Angelina Jolie, is a passionate advocate for a variety of issues. The father of six goes on to applaud the food store’s, “many positive social commitments,” but asks if they will, “extend that sensibility—and basic decency—to chickens?”
Ryan first put a spotlight on the inhumane treatment of egg-producing hens back in June when he released a statement that read, “So many corporations are meeting public demand for more humane products and transparency in the food chain. I sincerely hope that Costco will set plans now to go completely cage-free for its eggs.” And now that Brad has joined the fight, the actor’s hopes might become reality.
Like Ryan, this isn’t the first time that Brad has used his famous name to bring attention to an important cause. The Fury star was quick to jump into action following Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Also, along with friends George Clooney and Matt Damon, he co-founded Not On Our Watch, an international aid foundation that provides humanitarian assistance to different regions in Africa.