Watchdog Group NLPC Says Radical, Anti-Meat Groups Behind Florida Businessman's Calls for McDonald's Boycott:
"WASHINGTON, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Legal and Policy Center today charged that recent allegations made by Jody Gorran, that McDonald's employs sex offenders at its restaurants, appear to be the result of a long history of collaboration between Gorran and radical anti-meat groups like PETA and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. 'PETA has a well deserved reputation for using questionable tactics in how it conducts itself. Their orchestration of these attacks on an American restaurant is further proof of that when it comes to pursuing their radical, anti-meat agenda,' said Ken Boehm of NLPC. Among the findings released today by NLPC (see below for full details and documentation): * Gorran sued the Atkins diet company only two years ago for allegedly ruining his health. * Gorran's suit was aided by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). * In fact, PCRM's lead attorney represented Jody Gorran in his lawsuit against Atkins. * PCRM is a well known PETA front group and has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from PETA. * PCRM founder Neil Barnard is affiliated with an extreme animal rights group named a 'Domestic Terror Threat' by the Department of Justice. 'It is no surprise that someone with such close ties to groups advocating a radical anti-meat agenda would be attacking McDonald's. The public has a right to know this man's background in assessing the credibility of his claims,' Boehm concluded. NLPC promotes ethics in public life and sponsors the Corporate Integrity Project. Based in Falls Church, Virginia, the NLPC promotes ethics, openness and accountability in government through research, education and legal action. NLPC distributes the Code of Ethics for Government. JODY GORRAN: A FRONT FOR PETA Jody Gorran, who recently called for a boycott of McDonald's, is no stranger to liberal activism. In 2004, he brought about a lawsuit against the Atkins Diet, aided by an affiliate of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Gorran's beef with McDonald's is clearly part of a radical anti-meat agenda."