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Hollywood heartthrob and longtime PETA supporter Ryan Gosling was appalled to learn that dairy farmers routinely mutilate calves in a cruel process called dehorning. When he heard that workers burn away calves’ horn tissue with hot irons or caustic chemicals, gouge their horns out with sharp metal scoops, or chop off developed horns with guillotines and handsaws, he took his concerns straight to the top.
Ryan penned a letter to Jerry Kozak, the president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, urging him to require farmers to phase out dehorning by breeding for polled, or naturally hornless, cattle.
Workers use a number of painful of methods to remove calves’ sensitive horn tissue—each one more horrifying than the last. Intense pain is evident from video footage that captured young calves as they bellow, struggle frantically, and collapse from fear and agony. And what’s more, dehorning is completely unnecessary, as Ryan outlined in his letter:
“As you know, there is a simple and humane alternative: breeding for polled cows. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and third-party animal welfare auditing groups recognize the benefits of polled genetics for the dairy industry, so there is absolutely no reason—and no excuse—for the cruel, unnecessary practice of dehorning to continue. Please do the right thing and take action today.”
Deadline is reporting that “The Place Beyond the Pines” has the best box office average.
On the Specialty box office front, this Easter Weekend showed strong debuts for Focus Features’ The Place Beyond The Pines and IFC Films’ documentary Room 237 while Renoir painted a passable opening leaving silent feature Blancanieves and Wrong to start with less gusto. Pines director Derek Cianfrance showed with his film’s star Ryan Gosling up at a Film Society Of Lincoln Center party for New Directors. (The same duo caught Oscar chatter back in 2010 with Blue Valentine after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.) Pines opened in a pair of runs in both New York and Los Angeles with a winning $67,564 average. Noted Jack Foley, Focus Features president of distribution: “It’s a testament to the appeal of this incredible cast, and also to Derek Cianfrance’s vision as a great storyteller, that audiences came out to see Pines this weekend. It’s epic, powerful and just great entertainment. Smart audiences want great movie options all year and you saw that with this weekend’s terrific numbers.”
The Place Beyond The Pines (Focus) [4 Theaters] Wkd $270,184, Aver $67,564