Press Release

Deceptive “Physicians Committee” Should Withdraw School Food Report Cards

Washington, DC – Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom called on the deceptive Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) to withdraw its hopelessly biased school-nutrition “report cards.” PCRM’s report cards issue failing grades to school districts whose cafeterias emphasize meat and dairy foods, and praise those that offer vegetarian menu items.

While PCRM claims to be interested in “improving the healthfulness of school lunches,” it is advancing a hidden animal rights agenda which seeks to remove all animal protein from Americans’ diets.

“This so-called Physicians Committee is just PETA in a lab coat,” said Center for Consumer Freedom director of research David Martosko. “This is a wing-nut animal rights group that believes milk is an instrument of child abuse and cheese is an addictive drug. Schools should lend a deaf ear to PCRM’s meat-is-bad advice unless they’re looking to impose PETA-approved diets on children.”

For the benefit of school nutrition directors, the Center for Consumer Freedom is highlighting little-known facts about the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and its connections to the radical animal rights movement:

• Less than four percent of “Physicians Committee” members are actual physicians.

• People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has already steered more than $1.3 million to PCRM. Animal People News notes that PETA and PCRM are so closely connected that they should be considered “a single fundraising unit.”

• PCRM discourages Americans from supporting health charities like the March of Dimes, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation—solely because they support research that requires the use of animals.

• The American Medical Association (AMA) has called PCRM a “fringe organization” that uses “unethical tactics” and is “interested in perverting medical science.” The AMA has also condemned PCRM for supporting “a campaign of misinformation against important animal research of AIDS.”

Martosko added: “The Physicians Committee’s well-documented opposition to life-saving medical research indicates that its leaders don’t care if Americans live or die. So why should they have any say in what our children eat?”

To read “7 Things You Didn’t Know about PCRM,” 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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