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Misnamed “Cancer Project” Promotes Animal-Rights Propaganda

Bethesda, MD – This weekend the “Cancer Project,” a dietary program of the Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is hosting its first symposium on cancer and nutrition. And the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom is re-launching to alert Americans that “The Cancer Project” is an animal-rights initiative in disguise. The website chronicles PCRM’s anti-meat and anti-dairy campaigns, its active boycott of leading legitimate cancer research charities, and its ties to the animal rights movement’s violent underbelly.

Throughout the course of Saturday’s event, a mobile billboard provided by CCF will circle the Hyatt Regency Bethesda to inform attendees and the general public that PCRM’s “Cancer Project” is really an “Animal Rights Project.” The mobile billboard will also advertise

“The Cancer Project” advocates a strict vegan (read: PETA-approved) diet as a means of minimizing cancer risks and improving cancer survival. And it suggests that biomedical research using animals — which holds the best hope to cure the disease — is ineffective and unnecessary. These sentiments demonstrate “The Cancer Project’s” broad aim of placing the needs of animals above those of cancer patients. They have also been rejected repeatedly by leading physicians and researchers.

“This phony ‘Cancer Project’ should be renamed ‘The Animal Rights Project,’ and it should carry a bright red warning label,” said Center for Consumer Freedom director of research David Martosko. “PCRM is targeting cancer patients and survivors with propaganda that only PETA would approve of. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cancer Society agree that diets including meat and dairy foods are perfectly healthy for cancer patients. I guess PCRM never got that news.”

To learn more about the radical animal rights activists behind “The Cancer Project,” visit

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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