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Animal rights activists have sent a vegetarian cookbook to actor James Garner, who has promoted beef in television ads, at the Los Angeles hospital where he recently had heart surgery.

A letter sent to Garner at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said the Farm Animal Reform Movement was sending a cookbook "to help you with a diet free of cholesterol and animal fat and we wish you a speedy and lasting recovery."Alex Hershaft, president of FARM, said it is ironic that Garner, hired by the cattle industry to promote beef in television advertisements, has had heart problems.

The Agriculture Department reported this week that Americans are getting less fat than previously believed from beef, but Hershaft responded: "Saying something is less harmful than we thought is not a good reason for continuing to use it," he said. "You can trim some of the fat, but you certainly can't get all of it out."