What came first, the chicken or Brad Pitt?
Answer: the chicken, because Brad Pitt’s zealousness about cage-free chickens seems like, very new to me. Anyway, the actor is mad that Costco is using caged hens, and decided to write an open letter to the companyÃ¢â¬â¢s CEO, Craig Jelinek, to express his rage.
HereÃ¢â¬â¢s an excerpt from the letter (full thing can be read HERE):
Ã¢â¬ÅAs 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. In these cruel cages, the animalsÃ¢â¬â¢ muscles and bones atrophy from years of immobilization. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s why the cages are illegal in most of Europe, and why California banned the cages by an overwhelming vote years ago.Ã¢â¬Â
In short, cramming hens into cages for their entire lives constitutes cruelty to animals, and animals deserve better. As you know, many major corporations, from Burger King to Unilever, are getting rid of cages Ã¢â¬â and Whole Foods hasnÃ¢â¬â¢t sold eggs from caged hens in years.
I admire CostcoÃ¢â¬â¢s many positive social commitments. YouÃ¢â¬â¢ve shown great courage and integrity on a range of issues. WonÃ¢â¬â¢t you please extend that sensibility Ã¢â¬â and basic decency Ã¢â¬âto chickens?
Not a bad letter- very polite. I hope Costco listen because I love me some Costco and you KNOW I’ll eat my way through a dozen eggs.
What do you think of his letter?