Don’t believe for a second that Dr. Neal Barnard and his misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, or PCRM, will be content with a “modest” compromise on the number of animals used in Ohio State University’s research (“Breakthroughs mean fewer cats needed in study,” Dispatch , Nov. 1).

The committee’s ties to animal-rights extremists are legendary. Barnard co-signed a series of letters last year with the U.S. leader of a violent animal-rights organization dedicated to destroying a New Jersey animal research firm.

Over $1.3 million in funding has flowed to the committee through People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other animal-rights groups, including some with links to domestic terrorism. Last year, Animal People News declared that PETA and PCRM should be considered a single fund-raising unit.

PETA’s reasons for opposing this research are obvious. That group’s president defined its goal this summer as “total animal liberation,” a state of affairs that would cripple medical research. And PETA is on record saying: “Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.”