Our favorite humane heartthrob is at it again, speaking out against gestation crates for pigs in his homeland, Canada. Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), which regulates the treatment of animals in Canada’s agricultural system, recently released a new code of practice for the pork industry. One of the major highlights of this draft code is a mandate that the pork industry stop putting mother pigs in cages Gosling describes as “so small they can’t even turn around.”
Although Gosling acknowledges the progress that the NFACC has made, he wants to bring attention to a loophole in the document that “allows the pork industry to lock pigs in gestation crates for up to five weeks at a time.”
Gosling cites pigs’ intelligence, “specifically [their ability to] outperform even chimpanzees on some tests of cognitive prowess,” as one of the major reasons why he believes this loophole should be closed. He also adds that putting mother pigs in gestation crates “has been criticized by veterinarians, animal protection advocates, consumers and even major food retailers as inhumane and unnecessary.” Furthermore, Gosling condemns the physical and emotional toll gestation crates take on pigs. He states, ”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 finishes his letter by reminding readers how precious any life is, human or animal. He explains that even though the amount of time in a gestation crate has been greatly reduced, a pig will still end up living in one for almost one-fourth of its life. He states that “Over a pig’s short life, which is just four years long, this amounts to about nine months of solitary confinement in a cage so small she can’t even turn her own body around.” Clearly, this matter is of great importance to the Canadian actor, director, writer, musician, and all around good guy. He’s using his influence (and handsomeness) for the ultimate good, and we couldn’t love him any more for it.