Ryan Gosling pens essay defending pig rights: 'A tiny cage is not a life'
Need to add another addition to your list of reasons to love Ryan Gosling? Look no further than the essay he penned for Canada's Globe and Mail defending the rights of pigs.
Gosling compares the intelligence of his beloved dog George with that of farm animals like pigs. Canada's National Farm Animal Care Council recently released a draft code of practice for the pork industry to follow in their treatment of pigs, but Gosling is raising awareness of one point in the draft that he still thinks has room for improvement.
As regulations currently stand, the pork industry can put pigs in cages not big enough for them to turn around in for a large majority of their lives. This draft cuts that amount of caged time down significantly, but still allows for pigs to be locked in gestation crates for up to five weeks at a time. As Gosling points out, pigs only live for about four years, so they could be locked up for up to nine months.
"Pigs in tiny crates suffer beyond anything most of us can easily imagine," he writes. "They are unable even to turn around for weeks at a time, so that their muscles and bones deteriorate. And these extremely social and intelligent animals lose their minds from being denied any social or psychological stimulation at all."
Gosling continues, "I applaud NFACC for working to improve life for Canada's pigs, and I join Farm Sanctuary and Humane Society International in asking that it close this dangerous loophole by prohibiting the pork industry from confining pigs for weeks at a time -- something I would never dream of doing to George, and that no compassionate Canadian would ever do to any animal."
It's seriously wonderful to see the good Gosling is trying to do for the world while he is taking a break from acting.