That Ryan Gosling – he's always saving things. First people, now cows. Swoon.
In a letter sent to the National Milk Producers Federation, the "Place Beyond the Pines" actor explained that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had informed him of the practice of "dehorning" cows and called for it to be eliminated. He even offered a more humane alternative. Double swoon.
"I respectfully urge the National Milk Producers Federation to take the lead in stopping this barbaric practice by requiring farmers to phase out dehorning by breeding for polled, or naturally hornless, cattle," he wrote. "There is absolutely no reason – and no excuse – for the cruel, unnecessary practice of dehorning to continue."
Gosling describes "dehorning" as involving "painfully burning horn tissue or gouging cows' horns out of their heads, often without the use of any painkillers." In other words, ouch!
A spokesperson for the National Milk Producers Federation told the Associated Press that a cow's horns are dangerous and the dehorning process often reduces injuries to both man and bovine.
This isn't the first time the 32-year-old has gotten involved with PETA. In 2011, he teamed with them to bring attention to the treatment of chickens and turkeys on factory farms and sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging them to revoke their approval for the killing of the birds by submersion in foam.
Read the actor's full letter to the CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation below. Also, this is what Ryan Gosling's letterhead looks like. Triple swoon.
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