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Atkins lawsuit pushed by meat hating animal rights radicals

Washington, DC — The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), the organization promoting today’s lawsuit against the estate of the late Dr. Robert Atkins, has an undeniable animal-rights motive for attacking a wildly popular diet plan that features meat and dairy foods. And PCRM has clear connections to an animal-rights terror group whose seven leaders were arrested yesterday by the FBI.

Today the Center for Consumer Freedom outlined the connections between PCRM and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), a subset of the terrorist Animal Liberation Front. SHAC members have bombed cars and office buildings, threatened the lives of innocent Americans, and beaten at least one medical researcher while his family watched in horror.

A February 23, 2004 Newsweek article reported that PCRM president Neal Barnard co-signed a series of intimidating letters in 2001 with SHAC president Kevin Jonas, who was among those indicted yesterday for acts of terrorism. Newsweek reported that less than 5 percent of PCRM’s members are physicians, that Barnard also chairs the animal-rights cult PETA Foundation, and that SHAC is considered a “domestic terrorist threat” by the U.S. Department of Justice. And PCRM spokesperson Jerry Vlasak recently encouraged activists to murder doctors whose clinical disease research puts them at odds with the animal rights movement.

David Martosko, Director of Research for the Center for Consumer Freedom, said: “In today’s climate, I’m astonished that anyone who works with violent domestic terrorists would be taken seriously on any subject, including dietary health. How would we feel if Hamas announced a lawsuit against the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)? We’d call it what it is: politically-motivated showboating by people with a violent streak.”

Mr. Martosko is available for interviews. For more info about the dangerous alliance between PCRM and SHAC, 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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