to Andrzej Lepper
The Albert Schweitzer Medal, given by AWI to a person who has made a significant contribution to the protection of animals, will be presented this year on June 11th to Andrzej Lepper. The charismatic President of Samoobrona ("self-defense" in Polish), a major Polish farmers' union, has led the so-far successful campaign to keep American industrial hog factories out of his country. "Let us not allow Poland to be invaded by this cancer, which we already experienced during the communist times," he said.
This significant honor, inaugurated in 1953, has been awarded to deserving individuals ranging from those of modest position who have significantly bettered the welfare of animals on a hands-on basis to towering public figures who have engendered important changes that have improved the lot of hundreds of thousands of animals.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the President of Water Keeper Alliance, is scheduled to make the presentation in the Mansfield Room of the US Capitol. A reception will follow. Invitations will be sent out later this spring; we hope you will be able to attend to honor Mr. Lepper.