Apparently not satisfied with demonizing steaks, chicken wings and milk the old-fashioned way, animal rights activists have begun to hijack newspaper opinion pages. By publishing Alby Davis’ letter on Dec. 28 (“Resolve to eat veggies, grains, fruits next year”), the Athens Banner-Herald was an unwitting part of their propaganda exercise.

Davis’ letter also was printed, word for word, in at least 32 other newspapers since Christmas. In each case, a different activist “signed” it. The Farm Animal Reform Movement, a radical animal rights group based in Maryland, sent thousands of these fake anti-meat letters directly to newspapers last year.

When activists resort to phony carbon-copy letters, they don’t deserve to be taken seriously. Since the five biggest U.S. animal rights groups raised more than $200 million last year, they certainly can afford to advertise their message like everyone else.