Rich Lowry’s column criticizing anti-milk activists is right on target (“Milking an Issue,” Commentary, Sunday), but the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is even worse than he suspects.
Far from being a “committee” of physicians, the group can only claim that 5 percent of its members are doctors. PCRM’s leader is not a nutrition expert, but a psychiatrist — and a non-practicing one at that. The American Medical Association saw through this charade years ago, calling the group’s recommendations “irresponsible and potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of Americans.”
Calling PCRM and PETA “close allies” is an understatement. PETA has funded PCRM to the tune of $600,000 in the past three years alone. Even the animal rights movement’s own watchdogs understand where PCRM is coming from. Last year, Animal People News declared that PETA and PCRM should be considered “a single fundraising unit.”