Re: Oct. 10 Fit City column, “Good stuff in, bad stuff out”:

When Neal Barnard promotes a diet entirely devoid of meat and dairy, it’s a deceptive animal-rights ploy, not a public health service. Barnard’s group, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has received $1.3 million from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Barnard himself is the current medical adviser to PETA.

Barnard, a non-practicing psychiatrist, has claimed that giving dairy to children constitutes “child abuse” and testified before the Food and Drug Administration that cheese is “dairy crack.”

Today’s animal rights movement, typified by Barnard and his phony “physicians” group, believes animals should have the “right” to not be eaten. Although there’s nothing wrong with being a vegetarian, meatless eating shouldn’t be promoted by using deception.