Don’t ever think that children can’t make a profound difference in the world – even one as young as a nine-year-old. Declan Gregg, a young man from Greenland, New Hampshire spent his first day in Washington, DC yesterday so he could deliver over 1,000 letters written by children from the United States and abroad – all protesting the slaughter of American horses.
It all began last year when Declan Gregg, a nine-year-old heard about the inhumane and cruel practice of horse slaughter. Declan’s mother, Stacie Gregg is a volunteer at the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Stacie had explained to her son how the House of Representatives and Senate had approved the Conference Committe report on the agricultural appropriations bill (HR 2112). Representative Jim Moran (D-VA), co-chairman of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus had introduced the amendment to the House continuing the de-funding of inspections for horse slaughter in the United States. Commercial horse slaughter has been illegal in the United States since 2006.
But politics as they are, with all the nooks and crannies of special interest groups influenced Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) into rejecting the de-funding of inspections for horse slaughter making the slaughter of horses for human consumption once again legal in the United States. No horse slaughterhouses have yet to open in the United States.
Declan’s trip lasted for three days where he met with Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, who had expressed interest in meeting with this very special young lobbyist. Declan also visited Congressman Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and was taken to the floor of Congress to meet with other representatives. On Wednesday, Declan met with a legislative aid in the office of Senator Ayotte urging for the adoption of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 2966 and S. 1176). Congressman Guinta was presented with a Children 4 Horses t-shirt, bracelets advocating for the passage of the law and a picture of a horse Declan drew himself.
“Just because we are children doesn’t mean we can’t stand up for what we believe in,” stated Declan. “We are citizens of this country and decisions made by adults affect us too.”
Declan’s campaign includes a blog called Children 4 Horses and his own Facebook page dedicated to ending horse slaughter in the United States.
Declan’s latest blog post states:
“My trip to Washington DC was great and it was really awesome to meet everybody! I did so much I am going to do a 3 part blog and blog about day one, two and then three.”
So the next time your children say they’re bored and no one listens to them, tell them about the day that nine-year-old Declan Gregg went to Washington.