Casual observers of the lawsuits against fast-food chains may wonder why Neal Barnard and Mindy Kursban embrace the minority viewpoint that suing Big Food is “good news” for Americans. In trashing typical restaurant fare, they insist that meat producers are “knowingly producing harmful foods,” and recommend a diet “that skips animal products.”

Their organization, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is an animal-rights front group claiming to be a medical organization. It has received more than $1.3 million in funding from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other extremist animal rights organizations. The American Medical Association has called PCRM’s recommendations “irresponsible and potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of Americans.”

Were Barnard and Kursban to candidly admit to 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.