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CCF Available for Comment on 20th Anniversary of “Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine”

Washington, DC – The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) today “congratulated” the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) on its 20th anniversary. No other organization financed by animal-rights supporters has successfully passed itself off as a legitimate medical charity for so long. Despite its operational and financial ties to animal activist groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and its relationships with violent animal-rights zealots, PCRM has successfully duped the media and much of the general public into believing that it represents the mainstream medical community.

PCRM’s goals are to remove meat, milk, seafood, and eggs from the American diet, and to eliminate the use of animals in scientific research. This, it claims, is in the best interest of our nation’s health. But fewer than 5 percent of PCRM’s members are actual physicians. PCRM president Neal Barnard is actually a non-practicing psychiatrist, with no more formal nutrition training than a dermatologist.

Barnard and his “Physicians Committee” claim to be working toward saving lives – but it appears that they are more focused on the lives of cows, chickens, and lab rats. This group discourages Americans from making donations to legitimate health charities like the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the American Red Cross, and the March of Dimes. All because they support research that requires the use of lab animals to cure human diseases.

To “celebrate” PCRM’s birthday, the Center for Consumer Freedom is giving the “gift” of public information by releasing the updated “Seven Things You Didn’t Know About PCRM,” a fact sheet on the group’s unholy alliances, suspect pronouncements, and questionable leadership. To read the “Seven Things” fact sheet, visit

Center for Consumer Freedom Director of Research, David Martosko, is available for interviews with reporters planning to cover PCRM’s 20th-anniversary celebration. Members of the media can speak with Mr. Martosko by calling 202-463-7112.

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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