When nine-year-old Declan Gregg learned that horses are slaughtered for human consumption, the Stratham, New Hampshire, boy took action by starting a blog, called Children 4 Horses.
Little did he know it would have such an enormous effect.
He's received letters of support from around the world, and later this month will travel to Washington, D.C., to speak to a group advocating for the passage of a horse-slaughter prevention act.
The boy told Seeacoastonline that the response has shown him that even though he is young, he can still make a difference.
"I feel really happy and excited because I know that I'm letting people know what is happening to our horses. I've been getting lots of great letters, and that's also making me really happy. Lots of great pictures, too."
People from all over the world have written to Declan, urging him to continue raising awareness about the plight of horses.
He has received letters from the United States, Australia, Ukraine, and other places around the world. “I can’t remember them all,” Declan told Seacoastonline.
Declan first learned about horse slaughter from his mother, Stacie Gregg, who volunteers at the local SPCA. She has been overwhelmed by the response to Declan’s campaign.
Some letters—such as one from an Illinois woman who wrote "the recent actions of a young, idealistic boy" shook her from apathy—leave the Greggs on the verge of disbelief.
"My son moved her to do something. A nine-year-old kid reached her. It was amazing," she said.
Declan’s campaign is moving to the next level. In Washington, D.C., he'll meet a woman advocating for the horse-slaughter prevention act and will be taken onto the House floor by U.S. Rep Frank Guinta, R-N.H., during a vote.
Stacie Gregg says that fighting for horses has helped her son blossom, and that Declan has expressed interest in running for Congress—or even the presidency one day.
"It will be really, really interesting to see long-term what this does for him and where it takes him," she said.