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Ryan Gosling's Activism is for the Birds

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Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is a good guy. He’s the kind of person that brings his dog with him on television interviews and breaks up fights in the street. And now, Gosling is fighting cruel slaughterhouse practices by writing a letter on behalf of PETA pleading for more humane treatment of birds.

Many slaughterhouses euthanize sick chickens and turkeys by slowly suffocating them with foam. According to PETA, this method can take up to 15 minutes and induce panic in the dying birds. In a letter he wrote to the USDA last week, Gosling asks that the government put a stop to the inhumane practice.

“If dogs and cats were killed in this way, the person committing these acts would be charged with cruelty to animals. Won’t you please end the foam-based suffocation practice immediately?” he wrote.

In the letter, Gosling suggests that the government switch to a veterinary approved method of euthanasia that utilizes carbon dioxide to render the birds unconscious.

This is not the first time that Gosling has partnered with PETA to help his feathered friends. Last year, the actor wrote a letter to the president of KFC, asking him to treat the company’s chickens more humanely.

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