We’ve loved Ryan Gosling from the moment we first laid eyes on him in The Notebook, but what you may not know is that he’s also a huge animal rights advocate. From rocking vegan leather and adopting a dog to urging major corporations to improve farmed animal welfare, Ryan is a die-hard animal lover.
So, we’re pretty sure this heartthrob is going to be the next big vegan celeb. Here’s our proof:
1. He wore a vegan leather jacket in Blade Runner.
In Ryan’s latest movie, Blade Runner 2049, he rocks a vegan leather jacket. Designed by Renée April, the jacket is made from laminated cotton. Leather is incredibly unsustainable and cruel, so the fact that Ryan opted for a vegan alternative is totally dreamy.
2. He urged Costco to go cage-free.
In 2015 Ryan wrote to Costco’s CEO, urging the company to stop buying eggs from suppliers that use battery cages. 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.
3. He asked KFC and McDonald’s to be kinder to chickens.
In 2003 and 2010 Ryan teamed up with animal rights group PETA to urge KFC and McDonald’s to consider less cruel ways of raising and slaughtering their chickens. In his letter to KFC he wrote, “As an advocate for the humane treatment of animals, I am writing to ask that you take steps to implement basic animal welfare standards to ensure that these animals are afforded a more humane and less painful existence.
4. He adopted his dog, George.
In 2002 Ryan adopted George from a Los Angeles animal shelter. The two were inseparable, as the actor made clear in an interview with The Independent in January 2013: “George is way more interesting than I am. I’d much rather talk about him. I wanted George here today, you know, doing interviews with me. Normally, I take him everywhere, I have special paperwork so he can travel with me wherever I go. Can we just talk about George?”
Unfortunately, last year George passed away at the age of 17. But Ryan keeps his pal close to his heart by wearing George’s tag around his neck.
5. He voiced his concern for the stray cats and mice at Disneyland.
In a 2011 interview with Conan O’Brien, Ryan spoke about his concern for the infamous stray cats at Disneyland, who apparently descend on the park to kill mice and rats after the visitors leave. The animal-loving actor was worried about the mice, especially considering that Disney has built its family-friendly empire around Mickey Mouse.
6. He wrote a letter asking the National Milk Producers Federation to ban dehorning.
In 2013 Ryan wrote a letter urging the National Milk Producers Federation to stop the cruel practice of dehorning—that is, burning or sawing off a cow’s horns. Painful and unnecessary, dehorning is banned in a few states.
7. He loves vegan food.
While the jury is still out on whether he’s a full-time vegan, one thing is for sure: Ryan loves vegan food. He’s been spotted at numerous vegan restaurants in LA, including Flore Vegan Cuisine in Silver Lake.
8. He wrote an op-ed asking Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council to ban gestation crates.
In one of his most aggressive animal rights campaigns to date, Ryan penned an op-ed in The Globe and Mail urging the National Farm Animal Care Council to ban cruel gestation crates for mother pigs. Ryan wrote: “Pigs in tiny crates suffer beyond anything most of us can easily imagine. They are unable even to turn around for weeks at a time, so that their muscles and bones deteriorate.
9. He signed Mercy For Animals’ letter urging Walmart to ban gestation crates.
In 2012 Ryan signed MFA’s letter urging Walmart to stop buying pork from suppliers that use cruel gestation crates. The letter was also signed by Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Tom Morello, Kim Basinger, David Boreanaz, Ed Begley Jr., John Francis Daley, James Cromwell, Steve-O, and Loretta Swit. It stated: “We implore you to help end the needless suffering of these animals by ending the sale of pork from producers who confine pigs in cages so small they can’t even turn around for nearly their entire lives.” Shortly after the letter was published, Walmart announced a sweeping animal welfare policy.
Forget about Ryan Gosling’s looks; it’s his compassion for all animals that has us swooning.
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