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. In the article, “Breaking your food obsession” on on July 21, Barnard claims that it’s all about human health, not animal rights.

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

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.

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