Vincent Campanaro is entering his second year at Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania where he helped reestablish an inactive Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter. Vincent currently co-chairs the organization with three other students and has helped to make the organization one of the most active at the law school. As co-chair during the chapter’s first year, Vincent organized, among many other events, an animal abuse panel featuring Barbara Paul, an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, who prosecutes animal cruelty cases, Gregg Miller, of counsel for Pepper Hamilton and pro-bono attorney for the Pennsylvania SPCA, and George Bengal, Director of Human Law Enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA. Additionally, he raised money for local nonprofits and no-kill animal shelters and implemented a volunteer program at Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals.
Throughout the past 3 years, Vincent has been an active foster parent through the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Delaware County SPCA and before starting law school he volunteered at PAWS as a clinic and adoption volunteer. He has also been in contact with local legislators and other leaders voicing his concerns with different legislation and policies concerning puppy mills, breed specific legislation, and farm animal welfare.
Vincent hopes to use his law degree after graduation in any way possible to help advance the legal rights of animals. His focus will be to support local animal rights and welfare organizations in a legal capacity and to educate his community and peers about the issues surrounding animal rights. Further, Vincent will attempt to lobby his state legislators to implement stronger laws against puppy mills and the abusive treatment of farm animals, and will continue to advocate on behalf of all animals to provide them a safer and more enjoyable life.