Section 1983 to the Rescue



Did you know you have the First Amendment right of the United States Constitution to speak out on what you encounter in shelters? There is no “waiver” that can strip you of your First Amendment rights.

“A federal statute, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, best known simply as “Section 1983,” can and should be applied to stop and punish action by government officials or employees to retaliate against or obstruct an activist’s exercise of his or her First Amendment rights in speaking out against conditions in animal shelters.

There can be no dispute that complaining about abuses or violations of law at shelters is a constitutionally protected right. A rescuer has the First Amendment right to speak out against abuses and violations of law committed by a governmental entity, he or she also has a constitutionally protected right to demand that the government correct the wrongs that are identified.”

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