Ryan Gosling is on a mission to save cows.
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heartthrob has pledged his support to the farmyard creatures' welfare and penned a letter on PETA's behalf to the National Milk Producers Federation, asking them to help ban the cruel de-horning practice used on cattle. In the letter obtained by E! News, he wrote: "De-horning is one of the most painful things done to cows on dairy farms, whether it is by burning a calf with a searing hot iron or applying caustic paste to create a chemical burn that eats away at the animal's flesh. There is absolutely no reason - and no excuse - for the cruel, unnecessary practice of de-horning to continue."
The technique involves workers using sharp tools
- including saws, wires or guillotine de-horners - to wrench the horns from the petrified young calves' skulls. Animal-lover Ryan - a keen supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - concluded: "I respectfully urge the National Milk Producers Federation to take the lead in stopping this barbaric practice by requiring farmers to phase out de-horning by breeding for polled, or naturally hornless, cattle."