Center for Consumer Freedom launched a campaign to inform the media about Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, and is asking PCRM to come clean about its motives behind it attacks on meat and dairy consumption.

Triggering CCF’s response was a PCRM media campaign that talks about supposed health risks connected with eating meat. PCRM is a front group for the animal rights campaign. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has given more than $850,000 to PCRM, according to CCF. The two groups have had long-standing ties with each other. PCRM President Neal Barnard, a non-practicing psychiatrist, co-chairs the PETA Foundation with PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk.

“This misnamed ‘physicians committee’ represents a tiny fraction of America’s doctors who place animal-rights ideology above their patients’ health, says David Martosko, CCF’s research director. “PCRM has asserted itself as a home for anti-meat, pro-vegan nutritionists who are committed to removing beef, dairy, poultry and other animal products from the American diet for good.”

The American Medical Association has documented that it “finds PCRM’s recommendations irresponsible and potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of Ameircan’s.” AMA officials also marveled at “how effectively a fringe organization of questionable repute continues to hoodwink the media with a series of questionable research that fails to enhance public health.”

It’s good to see CCF’s response supporting the meat and dairy industries. CCF is a non-profit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies and consumers “to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.” CCF does not shy away from activists’ tactics, rather it butts heads straight on. 

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