There’s a very good reason why Neal Barnard makes the ridiculous claim that “refusing to adopt a vegetarian diet” is a sure sign of “addiction” to meat and cheese (July 22). For Barnard, it’s all about animal rights, not human health.

When he’s not on a book tour, Barnard runs the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington-based front group for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PCRM has received more than $1.3 million in funding from PETA and other animal rights groups. And Barnard is co-chairman of the PETA Foundation.

Ninety-five percent of PCRM’s members never went to medical school. Yet Barnard, a psychiatrist (not a nutritionist), has shaped the group into an ideological home for animal-rights activists who want to use the medical profession as a tool to remove beef, poultry, pork and dairy from our diets for good.

Barnard uses his series of books to disguise animal-rights propaganda as medical advice. But let’s call it what it is. I’m thankful that most Americans are smart enough to know it’s a bad idea to take dietary recommendations from PETA.