AR-News: (US FL) Animal abuse case in Clay gets PETA's attention

Animalara2003 at Animalara2003 at
Thu Jan 22 06:57:21 EST 2004

 Clay County animal abuse case has caught the attention of the animal rights 
group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA.

The group forwarded a letter to 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Harry L. 
Shorstein over the case against Joseph Kim Lewis, 41.

In December, authorities investigating a grand theft case found dogs chained 
to each other or to trees at Lewis' home in Keystone Heights. Investigators 
believe he trained the dogs on his property but took them out of Clay County or 
out of state to fight.

About 30 dogs, mostly pit bulls, found at the home have since been 
euthanized. But four puppies, three born after the animals were found, will be up for 

"Anyone capable of this kind of cruelty poses a serious risk, not just to 
animals, but to fellow human beings," PETA Casework Division Manager Martin 
Mersereau said.

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"The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.",
Albert Einstein

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Male meat-eaters have a 50% chance of dying of a heart attack. Vegetarian men 
have a 4% risk. US vegetarians have cholesterol levels 14% lower than 
meat-eaters; vegans (those who don't consume meat or dairy products) have levels 35% 
lower. JAMA, 1995;274:894

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