In Memory of Mieczyslaw Gorny

Mieczyslaw Gorny, a conservationist and organic farming and animal welfare activist who used his position as one of the leading environmental experts in Poland to promote humane farming and animal protection measures, died May 15 in Warsaw, Poland at the age of 76.

In 1989, Professor Gorny founded the Ekoland, the first Polish organization of organic farmers. Over the years, he also became known for fighting what he considered the routine cruelty to laboratory animals.

Gorny, a scientist himself, said scientists are perfecting systems of "torture camps for animals," in discussing factory farming systems. He was one of the biggest supporters of the Animal Welfare Institute's work in Poland, as well as a friend of Tom Garrett and Marek Kryda.