It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a recent report on airplane food reserved its “healthy” label for strictly vegetarian food (Doctors rate airline food, The Standard, Dec. 13).

The report’s source, an organization called the “Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine” (PCRM), is actually not a medical charity at all, but an animal rights group.

As more Americans are learning, PCRM is affiliated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The group’s president sits on the board of the PETA Foundation. And PETA has given it nearly $1 million to date. The result? Deceptive animal activists wearing the sheep’s clothing of the medical profession.

That’s why the American Medical Association has formally censured the group.

The mission of this misnamed “Physicians Committee” is the same as PETA’s; to remove beef, chicken, pork, and all dairy foods from our diets, whether we like it or not. Hence the group’s bias toward calling non-vegetarian food “unhealthy.”

Most Americans know better than to take dietary advice from animal rights radicals. And the last thing busy holidays travelers need is a group of zealots telling them what to eat.