It has apparently become easy to slip an agenda-driven form letter into a newspaper opinion page. The letter urging people to stop eating fish (“We need to change our diet,” Nov. 12) is a great example. The same letter has already been published by at least 20 U.S. newspapers. Each time, a different person “signed” it.
This is a popular scam with the U.S.-based Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM), an animal-rights organization that preaches strict vegetarianism.
The animal-rights fringe frequently claims that animal protein will be the death of us. But as U.S. meat and fish consumption has increased in recent decades, our life expectancy has skyrocketed too. Besides, zealots who resort to mass-produced phoney letters to make their point don’t deserve to be taken seriously.