Brad Pitt Pens Letter to Costco Asking for Cage-Free Eggs

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Humanitarian Brad Pitt is now a hen-manitarian.

The actor is accusing Costco — you know, the place with all the long lines and food samples — of contributing to animal cruelty by selling eggs produced by caged hens.

In a letter sent to Craig Jelinek, the CEO of the big-box chain, on Thursday, the 51-year-old urges the company to stop selling eggs from hens who are kept in captivity. According to Pitt, these caged birds Costco is receiving their eggs from suffer atrophy in their muscles and bones from years of immobility.

“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,” Pitt writes on behalf of Farm Sanctuary, an organization that advocates against the mistreatment of animals and factory farming.

“In short, cramming hens into cages for their entire lives constitutes cruelty to animals, and animals deserve better,” Pitt continues, noting that using caged hens have been banned in California and much of Europe. “As you know, many major corporations, from Burger King to Unilever, are getting rid of cages — and Whole Foods hasn’t sold eggs from caged hens in years. I admire Costco’s many positive social commitments. You’ve shown great courage and integrity on a range of issues. Won’t you please extend that sensibility — and basic decency — to chickens?”

Pitt isn’t the only one to be fighting for chicken rights as well. Previously, Ryan Gosling also penned a letter of his own to Costco urging them to stop the practice of selling eggs from caged chickens.

“It is appalling that Costco has been selling these eggs with deceptive labeling on cartons featuring graphics of birds living out in a green pasture. You’re already eliminating cages for veal calves and pigs – don’t you feel that chickens also deserve the same mercy?” he wrote. “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.”

In June, Costco released a statement after the Humane Society released an undercover investigation into its largest egg suppliers. While the company claimed it is “committed to the ethical treatment of animals,” the statement also noted that there’s “vigorous debates about animal welfare and laying hens” and whether or not going cage-free is truly best for the animals.