Ryan Gosling's dog George loves apples.

The 'Gangster Squad' actor opened up about the 11-year-old cross-breed's love of the fruit in an article he wrote explaining animals have feelings too as he urged the pork industry to be more compassionate about how they treat pigs.

Ryan wrote in Canada's Globe and Mail: ''I take my beloved dog George with me almost everywhere I go. Once, George even shared the stage with me on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'.

''The bond I have with George is not unique. Like me, countless Canadians share their homes and lives with pets they consider to be part of the family. We know that they have individual personalities and quirks (George loves apples, for example) and that they feel both physical and mental pain.

''Our pets share these traits with other animals; including those we don't share our lives with, such as farm animals.

''Pigs, specifically, outperform even chimpanzees on some tests of cognitive prowess.

''So of course these animals also deserve our care and attention. That's why I was so heartened to learn that Canada is taking steps toward improving the treatment of animals in the food supply.''

The 32-year-old Canadian star - who is described in the paper as a Canadian actor, director, writer, musician and animal advocate -urged the National Farm Animal Care Council to close a loophole allowing the pork industry to lock pigs up in cages for up to five weeks at a time while they are pregnant.

He added: ''While NFACC's progress is important and laudable, there is a major loophole in the code that I hope will be closed. As written, the draft still allows the pork industry to lock pigs in gestation crates for up to five weeks at a time. Over a pig's short life, which is just four years long, this amounts to about nine months of solitary confinement in a cage so small she can't even turn her own body around.

''I applaud NFACC for working to improve life for Canada's pigs, and I join Farm Sanctuary and Humane Society International in asking that it close this dangerous loophole by prohibiting the pork industry from confining pigs for weeks at a time - something I would never dream of doing to George, and that no compassionate Canadian would ever do to any animal.''