When Declan Gregg was 9, he learned that American horses, both domestic and wild, are routinely slaughtered, and he wanted to do something about it. In 2011 he started a blog called Children For Horses and a Facebook page. On his blog he shares horse news, artwork and information about how kids can help. Gregg, now 11, organized a letter writing party at the New Hampshire SPCA for children to contact their elected officials in support of the humane treatment of horses. He’s met with congressmen and testified before the New Hampshire state house. He’s spoken to Girl Scout Troops, 4-H Clubs, and afterschool programs, and he’s spurred fundraisers for charities that help horses. For his tireless efforts, the ASPCA awarded him the Humane Kid of the Year Award in 2012, and since horses can’t speak for themselves, Gregg doesn’t have any plans to stop speaking up for them.
This 11-Year-Old Does More to Help Animals Before School Than Most of Us Do in a Lifetime