January 1, 2008

US senator Robert C. Byrd, who co-authored the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, has been named PETA's Person of the Year for 2007.

Sen. Byrd's passionate defense of animals has spanned six decades. The senior senator, who was a meat cutter in his youth, has evolved into a tireless advocate for improving legal protection for animals, including animals who are slaughtered for food.

The following are a few of Byrd's many efforts in behalf of animals:

"Sen. Byrd is never shy about making his strong belief in the importance of animal protection heard," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.

"Much animal suffering has been alleviated thanks to Sen. Byrd, and this year we are proud to honour him for giving a voice to the voiceless."