NH boy a vigilant opponent of horse slaughter
By DAN TUOHY
New Hampshire Union Leader | December 28. 2013 9:07PM
Declan Gregg, 11, of Greenland is an animal welfare advocate who has been fighting for a federal ban on slaughterhouses and horse meat for human consumption since he was 9 years old. courtesy
Gregg, who was the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Humane Kid of the Year in 2012, continues to fight for the SAFE Act, the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, a version of which was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. That bill would prohibit the sale or transport of horses or horse parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption.
Declan Gregg was inspired to speak out two years ago, when he was 9 and noticed his mother was saddened by the horse slaughter issue. He soon found his voice, and encouraged other children to speak out, as well. He promoted letter campaigns to legislators and spoke before the politicians in Concord and in Washington, D.C.
The ASPCA uses the term "horse slaughter" to refer to horses killed for human consumption. While no horse slaughterhouses currently operate, the ASPCA says American horses continue to be trucked over borders to slaughter facilities in Mexico and Canada.