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Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL)
The Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) was founded in 1955 when only two federal laws to protect animals existed. Since then, SAPL has worked for the successful enactment of over 15 additional federal laws. The Society for Animal Protective Legislation was founded at the time of the introduction of the first federal bill to require humane slaughter of animals. Prior to 1955, humane organizations had little success in obtaining needed federal legislation because they spent most of their efforts caring for lost and stray animals and were concerned about losing their tax-exempt status if they did much work on legislation. Until 1977, United States law specified that an organization could not retain such status if it spent a “substantial” amount on lobbying.
The Society for Animal Protective Legislation registered under the Federal Lobbying Act in 1955 and devoted its efforts entirely to passage of needed laws. From 1955 on, SAPL worked intensively to obtain enactment of the following major federal legislation. Note that nine strengthening amendments have been passed over the years. The Society continues to seek improvements in existing laws.
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