There’s no credible evidence that vegetarian dieting is the best way to fight cancer, and Jennifer Reilly should be honest about why she’s claiming otherwise. (“Cancer Research Press Must Be On Target,” Press & Dakotan, July 25)

Her organization, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is an animal rights group affiliated with PETA. It’s so eager to turn Americans into vegetarians that it has started a phony “Cancer Project” spinoff to scare us all into meatless eating.

But here’s the irony: This same “Physicians Committee” group actually opposes the work of research charities like the American Cancer Society, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Cancer Research Institute, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Why?

Because they use lab animals in their search for a cure.

If we really expect to cure cancer some day, we should recognize that the animal rights movement is our single biggest obstacle. Cancer research and prevention should be left to oncologists, not save-the-chickens fanatics.