Declan’s efforts are to be recognized after he heard of the inhumane and cruel practice of horse slaughter
A 10-year-old boy’s efforts in opposing horse slaughter have earned him the “Kid of the Year” award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Declan Gregg, of Greenland, New Hampshire, is among a group of outstanding animals and people to be recognized by the charity for their significant impact on the lives of animals during the past year.
Declan will be honored alongside a paralyzed cat and a canine video star at this year’s ASPCA Humane Awards luncheon in New York City on November 8.
Declan’s efforts are to be recognized after he heard of the inhumane and cruel practice of horse slaughter and decided to get involved.
Declan started his own blog, Children 4 Horses, to spread the word about horse advocacy issues and worked diligently with the Million Horse March campaign to collect letters from children to inspire lawmakers to end the slaughter of American horses.
His dedication to horse advocacy brought him to the nation’s capital twice in recent months, where he represented more than 1000 children from the United States and abroad by presenting the letters to legislators in Congress.
In addition to his Washington visits, Declan testified at a hearing for a bill opposing horse slaughter at the New Hampshire State House in January.
Declan’s blog, read by individuals in more than 80 countries, provides commentary on horse advocacy issues and also includes horse poetry, horse news, photos, Declan’s artwork and stories about other children who have made a difference helping horses.
The award Declan will receive is officially called the ASPCA “Tommy P. Monahan” Kid of the Year. It is dedicated to Tommy, a 9-year-old Staten Island boy who perished in 2007 trying to save his dog from a house fire.
“The ASPCA continues to be astounded by the bravery and compassion of this year’s Humane Awards winners,” said ASPCA president and chief executive Ed Sayres.
“Each honoree exemplifies our mission of preventing cruelty to animals in their own unique ways, and we are humbled by their achievements and dedication to the animals who count on us to be their voice.”
Following a nationwide call to the public for nominations in February, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in six categories.
The 2012 ASPCA Humane Award winners, along with Declan, are:
Please click (HERE) to view the other winners and to comment
- IEC Update: Pro-Horse Groups Aim to End Horse Slaughter (rtfitchauthor.com)
- For The Love of Horses: No Horse Slaughter Plant Yet For Missouri As Antagonists Continue Opposition (rtfitchauthor.com)
- DRF: Canada Stops Accepting U.S. Horses for Slaughter (rtfitchauthor.com)
- What Happened to Horse Slaughter? (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Confusion Reins As Canadian Slaughter Plants Halt Import of Us Horses (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Update: Horse Slaughter Grinds to a Halt (rtfitchauthor.com)