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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a non-profit organization supported by nearly 5000 physicians and 100000 laypersons. However, this organization that is not what it appears to be. The PCRM is an extreme animal-rights group and not a mainstream medical or nutrition organization. This group fronts for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) in hopes of lending some credibility to their extreme agenda. The PCRM also maintains a close relationship with the violent Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and SHAC. They seek to remove eggs, milk, meat, and seafood from the American diet, and to eliminate the use of animals in scientific research. The PCRM is on a mission to fool much of the general public into believing in the superiority of purely vegetarian diets.

It would appear by name that this is a "Medical" organization on par with the American Medical Association (AMA). The PCRM presents itself as a doctor-supported, unbiased source of health guidance. Nothing could be further from the truth. While most of the members of the AMA are doctors or at least personnel in the medical profession, the membership of the PCRM consists of less than 5% from the medical profession. The remaining 95% are mainly activists of the extreme political Left and most of those are associated with groups such as the Animal Defense League, Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and SHAC.

This organization is nothing more than a front with an official sounding name attempting to legitimize some extremely violent groups that actively advocate, support and commit acts of Terrorism!

In fact, the American Medical Association (AMA), which actually represents the medical profession, has called PCRM a "fringe organization" that uses "unethical tactics" and is "interested in perverting medical science." The PCRM is nothing more than a collection of medical disinformation. The group has argued, with a straight face, experiments involving animal subjects will "interfere with new drug development." Their real agenda is nothing more than a fringe Animal Rights and Vegan group that has nothing really to do with anything medically related.

Over the years, many highly respected physicians have used their fame and reputations for the financial gain and benefit of others and in this celebrated tradition, Dr. Neal Barnard appears on the infomercial for Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover.

To give you an idea what a sham this group really is, they actively discourage donations to actual health charities such as the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, and the American Red Cross. All because they support research that requires animals in order to cure human diseases. They even rail against the March of Dimes, which includes loud and directed protests at March walkers, volunteers, and donors.

From the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) website:

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

Dr. Neal Barnard, the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is not a nutritionist, a dietician, or a biochemist. He is a non-practicing psychiatrist.

A spokesperson from the PCRM has stated that the group has no relationship with PeTA. This is somewhat strange because until 2005, Neal Barnard ran The PeTA Foundation, which as the organization's letterhead states, "... is an operating name of the Foundation to Support Animal Protection." He presided over the institution that owns People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals corporate headquarters, pays its biggest salaries, and operates its fundraising. Until 2004, the PeTA Foundation managed PCRM's finances as well.

The PeTA Foundation also shares a mailing address with PeTA. Ingrid Newkirk, PeTA's president, is listed as an officer of the same foundation. Over the years, PeTA has given PCRM over $850,000, most of it going through FSAP. Neal Barnard is also PeTA's Medical and Scientific Adviser.

This foundation is a project of Ingrid Newkirk (PeTA president) and Neal Barnard (founder and president of the PCRM).

PeTA Foundation
A.K.A. Foundation to Support Animal Protection (FSAP)
501 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Tel: (757) 622-7382

It has been alleged by opponents of the PCRM that this group acts as a "front" for other, more violent groups. The PCRM considers this an unfounded and defamatory claim. There is, however, a direct association with groups such as the Animal Defense League (ADL), the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), and SHAC-USA.

Pamelyn Ferdin's Business Card

A business card collected from SHAC-USA president Pamelyn Ferdin, describing her as an employee of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The address listed on this business card does not belong to PCRM but to the Animal Defense League of Los Angeles (ADL-LA). This is a protest group run by Pamelyn Ferdin, Jerry Vlasak, and PeTA in-school lecturer Gary Yourofsky, a convicted felon belonging to the ALF.

Jerry Vlasak

Dr. Jerry Vlasak former Spokesperson & Scientific Advisor for the PCRM, has also publicly spoken on SHAC's behalf. In 2004, Vlasak co-founded the "Animal Liberation Front Press Office" to speak on behalf of terrorist groups such as the Animal Liberation Front amongst other Domestic Terrorist groups.

Yet the PCRM still maintains that the PCRM being a front for other extreme terrorist groups is "an unfounded and defamatory claim."

"It won't ruin our movement if someone gets killed in an animal rights action. It's going to happen sooner or later. The Animal Liberation Front, the Earth Liberation Front - sooner or later there's going to be someone getting hurt. And we have to accept that fact. It's going to happen. It's not going to hurt our movement. Our movement will go on."
-- Jerry Vlasak, spokesman for the ALF and PCRM and a physician in Los Angeles

And even with connections to extremely violent, terrorist-minded groups, the PCRM retains the tax status of a tax deductible a 501(c)(3) organization.

And just to add more problems to society, the PCRM is now filing frivolous lawsuits against the milk industry. Milk, the source of nutrition that has been consumed by most of the world for the last 10,000 years, is now seen as a serious health threat by the PCRM. Their fundraising abilities must be lacking. Now they need to sue businesses and industries to bring in money for their support of terrorists campaigns.

The PCRM is currently offering employment opportunities. For those that are interested, please visit the website at

Contact Info for the PCRM

5100 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20016-4131
Tel: (202) 686-2210
FAX: (202) 686-2216

Claudia Delman
1333 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
Tel: (415) 750-4791
Tel: (415) 750-4798
FAX: (415) 750-4799

Doug Hall
4706 Beechmont Drive
Anderson, IN 46012
Tel: (765) 683-9778

Jessica Frost
Tel: (202) 527-7342

This is another organization that tries to show itself as a "Non-Violent" and "Peaceful" group, yet openly advocates and supports other groups that do encourage extreme violence toward others. What else needs to be said!!!


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