Ryan Gosling has been named one of Rodale.com’s 50 sexiest environmentalists, ranking number five on the list of good-looking Earth crusaders.
The actor’s main eco cause is to encourage fast-food companies — on behalf of PETA — to have their chicken suppliers employ more humane slaughtering methods. He contacted KFC in 2008, and he (and other celebs) penned a letter to McDonald’s in 2010:
I was shocked to learn from my friends at PETA that McDonald’s, a company that claims to be an industry leader in animal welfare, still allows its suppliers to use an outdated chicken slaughter method that results in broken wings and legs and causes birds to be scalded to death in defeathering tanks. Many of McDonald’s suppliers in Europe already use a much more humane slaughter method that eliminates the worst cruelty. What’s your excuse?
If you get a strongly worded letter from Ryan Gosling, you better do what he says. He may not be People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and he also isn’t the sexiest environmentalist, but the dude is all charm. If he’s mad, you know it’s for a good reason.
Ahead of him on Rodale.com’s list are Alicia Silverstone (she who eschews spoons — less to wash?), Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, and Gretchen Bleiler.