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Speakers Discuss Breed-Specific Legislation

March 08, 2010

On March 8, the Earle Mack School of Law hosted an event organized by Citizens for a No Kill Philadelphia, a non-profit group in favor of no-kill animal shelters in the city. The event was co-sponored by the Earle Mack School of Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Speakers included Ledy VanKavage, attorney and senior legislative analyst for Best Friends Animal Society and vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee, and Leigh Siegrfried, certified professional dog trainer and owner of Opportunity Barks - Behavior Training.

Highlighting recent incidents involving pit bulls injuring residents of Philadelphia, and a call from some in the community for breed-specific legislation that would make it illegal to own pit bulls, the speakers discussed the proposed legislation, responsible dog ownership, and animal law in general.

For more information about Citizens for a No Kill Philadelphia, visit