Everybody's favorite besmocked* vegan activists, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), have been in the news again recently, this time for comparing the consumption of hot dogs to the smoking of cigarettes. And outside a NASCAR event, no less. Have they no shame?
Actually, a pack-a-day habit probably WOULD wreck your health. But that's not what they're saying.
Now, you will never hear us extolling the virtues of a hot dog-based diet. Taking it to such extreme no doubt would take at least a few years off your life. But a dog here and there, perhaps at a barbecue or a baseball game? Nah, unless you have something against America or are, oh I dunno... an offshoot of PETA posing as a group of "concerned doctors," it seems a bit odd to get so worked up about the consumption of hot dogs.
And indeed, while the PCRM has never released an official statement regarding their views on America, barbecues, or baseball, the fact that they are not a mainstream physician's organization that cares about human health but PETA-with-a-stethoscope is fast becoming one of the world's worst-kept secrets.
That these guys are vegangelist activists who distort the truth to fit their agenda is something we've known about for a looooong time, but it is encouraging to note that others seem to be catching on, too. Very few articles we read on the PCRM's latest billboard failed to at least mention the fact that the group wants everybody to go vegan, and some of the analysis has gone quite a bit deeper.
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Big Blog:
The organization is known for animal-rights work — and for suing the University of Washington, the Seattle Weekly points out. Its extreme stance on meat consumption and animal research has led to harsh criticism, including condemnation by the American Medical Association.
But the PCRM isn't just a group of doctors. They've got an openly pro-vegan agenda. Which isn't wrong. But they've also been repeatedly accused by the American Medical Association of distorting the facts as a means of promoting this agenda. Which is wrong.
And the Seattle Weekly's Daily Weekly:
The Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine is a D.C.-based group of activists (a few of whom are doctors) that's committed to promoting a nationwide vegan diet and stopping animal research. The folks at UW know the group well as the ones who keep suing them over animal research.
The point is, hearing that one should never eat hot dogs from a group that thinks people should never eat any animals should be taken with a grain of salt (a substance found abundantly in hot dogs).
All true. It may seem odd for us to be rejoicing in this simple recognition, but there really is something gratifying about seeing the PCRM's continual downward spiral toward PETA levels of credibility -- especially after the frustration of seeing them so often hailed as a reliable source for medical and dietary information throughout the '90s, or labeled a "physicians group" or "preventative medicine organization" with nary a mention of their background and goals. Looks like the jig is up, guys!
*Not really. Very few of them are actual physicians.