Casual readers may wonder why the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine “endorses a vegan diet” and gives legal action against fast-food restaurants that serve meat “a thumbs up” (“Nutrition researcher cites money behind munchies,” A View from the Experts, Aug. 11). A simple answer: PCRM is an animal-rights front group claiming to be a medical organization. PCRM already has received more than $1.3 million in funding from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other animal-rights organizations, including some with links to domestic terrorism. PETA has funneled nearly $600,000 to this organization in the past three years alone.
Last year, PCRM founder Neal Barnard collaborated on at least one campaign with a former Animal Liberation Front ringleader. ALF and its sister group, the Earth Liberation Front, were responsible for more than $17 million in damages last year alone. Much of this resulted from attacks on businesses that produce meat and dairy.
The American Medical Association has called PCRM’s recommendations “irresponsible and potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of Americans.” If PCRM representatives such as Brie Turner-McGrievey and Mindy Kursban candidly acknowledged their animal-rights agenda, I suspect your readers would be less likely to take them seriously. Most Americans have better sense than to take nutrition advice from zealots and extremists.