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Luis Escala - a sad loss
from IVU News Oct 2000

by Francisco Martin

Luis Escala, of Ecuador. the IVU Regional Secretary for Latin America died on May 1, 2000.

The sad news of Luis's death has been a total surprise and a great loss to the vegetarian and animal rights
movement in Ecuador and in Latin America. I spoke with him on a number of occasions and knew how determined he was to fight for his ideals. A few months ago. I received a video showing some of his activities for the cause.

Luis was a dedicated campaigner for the animals through his own group, Trato Etico de los Animales, as well as member of AVE (Spanish Vegan Society) and Regional Secretary of IVU. Ironically, it seems that he was accompanying a family member undergoing medical treatment when he contracted a virulent form of meningitis which by the time it was correctly diagnosed was beyond all efforts to save him. He was just 38 years old.