Hey, McDonald’s: Ryan Gosling wants to talk to you.
The Golden Globe-nominated actor, Zooey Deschanel and eight other celebrities have sent a letter to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner, asking the fast food chain to buy eggs from cage-free suppliers.
“After visiting McDonaldsCruelty.com and learning from my friends at Mercy For Animals that McDonald’s egg suppliers routinely torture egg-laying hens and their baby chicks, I have to tell you: ‘I’m Hatin’ It,’ ” the letter states.
The missive is a response to a video shot by animal rights group Mercy for Animals (MFA) that showed cruelty against chickens by employees at five Sparboe Farms facilities. The farm’s president and owner, Beth Sparboe Schnell, told ABC News the actions seen in the MFA’s video footage were “totally unacceptable,” and pledged to investigate the company’s practices.
McDonald’s ended its relationship with Sparboe, which formerly supplied a significant portion of the fast food chain’s eggs, after the video was released, telling the AP, “The behavior on tape is disturbing and completely unacceptable. McDonald’s wants to assure our customers that we demand humane treatment of animals by our suppliers.”
But the new celebrity-backed letter from MFA asks McDonald’s to go a step further and stop working with suppliers who use battery cages.
“On behalf of compassionate people everywhere, we implore you to help end the needless suffering of these animals by adopting strict and meaningful animal welfare policies worldwide, including the commitment to prohibit the purchase of eggs produced by hens who spend their miserable lives crammed into tiny wire cages,” the letter says.
Emily Deschanel, Wendie Malick, Alicia Silverstone, Maria Menounos, Kristin Bauer, Steve-O, Ed Begley Jr. and Bryan Adams also signed the letter. An accompanying petition has been signed by more than 32,000 people.