Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt has written an open letter in which he criticizes Costco for contributing to animal cruelty by selling eggs made by caged chickens. The actor sent the letter to the CEO of Costco in which he asked the company to stop selling eggs that are produced in such inhumane ways. Pitt reminds Craig Jelinek in his letter in what cruel conditions the chickens live, saying that the birds’ muscles and bones are severely atrophied from years of not being able to move properly. According to Brad Pitt’s letter, the cages in which chickens are held to lay their eggs are no longer legal in the state of California and in many European countries.
Pitt writes in his letter that the hens are all crammed inside small cages that aren’t big enough for a single bird to spread its wings and legs. More than five chickens are put to live in the small cages and lay their eggs, Pitt’s letter says.
Bill Maher also accused Costco of contributing to animal cruelty in an editorial he published in The New York Times last week. Maher wrote that the birds live in unimaginable conditions locked inside their batter cages, with many of them suffering from broken spinal cords, while some become paralyzed and mummified inside the cage. Maher asks Costco representative to imagine what it would be like if five dogs or cats were crammed inside those small cages and forced to live like that for the rest of their lives. The comedian said that if something like that would happen, it would immediately warrant animal cruelty charges. But if it happens in the egg industry to live chickens it’s considered business and many get away with it.
Both Pitt and Maher praise Costco’s efforts for trying to stop using animal products from animals that are mistreated and called on the company’s 2007 announcement that promised to stop selling eggs from caged chickens.
Bill Maher and Brad Pitt wrote their complaints on behalf of Farm Sanctuary, an organization that fights against animal mistreatment and factory farming. Costco made an official statement in June saying that the company is currently in the middle of “vigorous debates about animal welfare and laying hens.”
Costco representatives also declared that the company does not approve animal cruelty, and its’ code of ethics is an important part of its mission as a company.
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