Ryan Gosling with his mum. Photo: Photo: Getty
Ryan Gosling is a lot of things to a lot of women, (and not a few men): he's the sensitive alpha male actor with the feminist leanings who's not afraid to break up fights or take his mother to a movie premiere. But did you know that Gosling is also a bit of an animal rights activist?
The 32-year-old actor penned a piece for his native Canada's Globe & Mail newspaper to try and ease the suffering of ... pigs!
I take my beloved dog George with me almost everywhere I go. Once, George even shared the stage with me on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The bond I have with George is not unique. Like me, countless Canadians share their homes and lives with pets they consider to be part of the family. We know that they have individual personalities and quirks (George loves apples, for example) and that they feel both physical and mental pain.
Our pets share these traits with other animals; including those we don’t share our lives with, such as farm animals. As primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall has noted, “Farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear and pain. They are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined … they are individuals in their own right.”
Pigs, specifically, outperform even chimpanzees on some tests of cognitive prowess.
So of course these animals also deserve our care and attention. That’s why I was so heartened to learn that Canada is taking steps toward improving the treatment of animals in the food supply.
Specifically, Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council, which sets regulations for Canada’s agricultural system when it comes to how animals are treated, recently released a draft code of practice for the pork industry to follow. Within this draft code is a mandate that the pork industry stop relegating, for nearly their entire lives, mother pigs to tiny cages so small they can’t even turn around.
For the full letter go here