It’s not surprising that the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) objects to the USDA’s new food pyramid and its emphasis on the healthfulness of milk (“Disaster by design,” Other Views, April 28). PCRM is an animal rights group, not a legitimate medical charity. More than 95 percent of its members have no medical degrees.

The organization is heavily funded by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) – the same outrageous activists who believe dairy cows are equal to human beings in every way. PCRM’s president also runs the PETA Foundation. He has testified before the Food and Drug Administration that cheese is “morphine on a cracker” and “dairy crack.”

Promoting a diet devoid of milk is a deceptive animal-rights ploy, not a public health service. Thankfully, most people are smart enough to avoid taking nutrition advice from PETA. But when animal activists wear the sheep’s clothing of the medical profession, it’s difficult to honestly judge their credibility.