Liberal Activist Group Launching Anti-Meat Campaign

July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM

( - A liberal activist group planned to launch a new anti-meat campaign on Monday.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is urging doctors and consumers to back away from what it calls "meat-heavy" diets.

"Decades of scientific evidence show that the cholesterol and saturated fat in beef, chicken, pork and dairy products dramatically increase the risk of colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity and other diseases," said Dr. Neal Barnard, the PCRM president.

The PCRM also raised the specter of lawsuits against doctors who urge their patients to adopt high-protein diets.

"Given the many health risks associated with meat-heavy, high-protein diets, doctors who prescribe them could be assuming serious legal risk," said Mindy Kursban, PCRM's chief legal counsel.

A lawsuit filed recently in New York City contends that fast food chains are responsible for a New York man's obesity-related health problems.

"This is no doubt just the first of many lawsuits holding the food industry at least partially to blame for America's diet-related epidemics," said PCRM's Barnard.

The Center for Consumer Freedom says PCRM has a very clear-cut agenda in criticizing diets that include meat.

"People need to know that the PCRM is a front group for PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the animal-rights movement, but most of the mainstream media fail to report that," said center spokesman Mike Burita.

"They (PCRM) are just part of the food police movement and we are seeing that more than ever now in this kind of hysteria over this latest obesity epidemic. Everyone is coming out with their dietary recommendations, and there are some groups that want to remove foods from the table altogether," he said.

"But here we have a case of the animal rights movement taking advantage of this kind of hyperbole we are seeing over obesity, and they're using it to advance their own agenda. Unfortunately, consumers suffer as a result," Burita said.

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