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 April 2010 Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine  

News and Campaign Updates

Scarlett Johansson

Actress Scarlett Johansson Asks Congress to Pass the Healthy School Meals Act
Kids adore her in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Parents love her in movies like The Other Boleyn Girl and Lost in Translation. And now, kids and parents alike are applauding actress and singer Scarlett Johansson’s recent request to Congress to add more fruits, vegetables, and plant-based meal options to school lunchrooms by passing the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010. Support from Olympians >


chimpanzeeHigh-Profile Ads and Award Highlight PCRM’s Efforts to Protect Chimpanzees
“They stole her children,” declare advertisements featuring a chimpanzee named Foxie whose five babies were taken from her as infants for use in invasive laboratory experiments. In March, Foxie and two other former laboratory-owned chimpanzees began appearing in poster-size ads in Washington Metro railcars. The ad campaign, sponsored by the PCRM Legislative Fund, a PCRM affiliate, urges support for the Great Ape Protection Act. See the Ads >


Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres among Celebs Receiving PCRM’s Voice of Compassion Award
This Saturday, Alicia Silverstone and Marilu Henner will receive the inaugural Voice of Compassion Award at PCRM’s 25th Anniversary Art of Compassion gala. The award honors those who, by word and example, have communicated compassion, caring, and the highest ethical principles. The Voice of Compassion Award was also presented this week to Ellen DeGeneres on the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and to Portia de Rossi. Tickets Now Available >


Jonathan BalcombeNobel Prize Winner Praises New Book’s Case for Animal Intelligence and Emotion
Do baboons have a keen sense of right and wrong? Do chickens find certain human faces attractive in the same way people do? Do cats and dogs get their feelings hurt? In his new book, Second Nature, Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., an ethologist and biologist affiliated with PCRM, makes the case that animals, once viewed only as mindless automatons, actually have rich sensory experiences and emotional complexity. Nobel Winner’s Praise >


The Power PlatePower Plate’s Well-Rounded Diet Could Save Your Life
America faces an epidemic of diet-related diseases. So it’s time for the federal government to step up to the plate and help spread the facts about healthful nutrition. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture revises the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, PCRM has filed a petition asking the agency to throw out its confusing food guide, MyPyramid, and adopt a simple, plant-based alternative called the Power Plate. Interactive Website >


pigTulane University Kills Pigs, Violates Federal Law
Tulane University lists “integrity” as a core value: “We will act ethically … We are willing to be held accountable for our actions.” Louisiana physician and PCRM member Leslie Brown, M.D., is holding the school to that promise. Last month, she filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that the institution is in violation of the Animal Welfare Act for using live pigs in a trauma training course. Ask Tulane to Stop Cruel Methods >


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PCRM in the News

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton covers Scarlett Johansson’s letter supporting the Healthy School Meals Act

Boston Herald covers PCRM’s NASA campaign

ABC News covers the Healthy School Meals Act

The Diane Rehm Show features biologist Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., discussing his book, Second Nature

UPI covers PCRM’s Power Plate

The New York Times covers PCRM’s diagram explaining why a salad costs more than a Big Mac

New Orleans paper covers PCRM's campaign against use of animals in Tulane ATLS class

PCRM Publications

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution prints op-ed by PCRM legislative director Sen. Chip Rogers urging passage of the Healthy School Meals Act

North Carolina newspaper prints op-ed by PCRM dietitian Brie Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., R.D., on the Healthy School Meals Act

Indiana newspaper prints letter by Cancer Project dietitian Joseph Gonzales, R.D., urging plant-based diet for colorectal cancer prevention

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