Ryan Gosling blasts 'barbaric practice' by milk producers

Ryan Gosling blasts 'barbaric practice' by milk producers
This March 10, 2013 photo shows Canadian actor Ryan Gosling poses for a portrait in New York. Gosling plays a tattooed motorbike rider in a traveling circus in his latest film,"The Place Beyond the Pines." (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He's not milking his fame, but Ryan Gosling is lending his name to the cause of cows.

The 32-year-old actor sent a letter this week to the National Milk Producers Federation urging the group to advocate against the industry practice of removing calves' horns. He asks that they help stop what he calls a "barbaric practice" by requiring farmers to breed naturally hornless cattle.

The letter was released Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Gosling has worked with the group before in its campaign urging KFC to adopt more humane methods of slaughtering chickens.

A spokesman from the National Milk Producers Federation said Wednesday that cows' horns are dangerous and de-horning reduces injuries to both cows and people.