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Thousands of service members live on military bases across the world. Sadly, not all of their family is welcome on base with them, namely their dogs.

When military housing was privatized in 1996, the six companies that took responsibility for the bases — known as the Residential Communities Initiative consortium (RCI) — sought to create common policies across all bases. One such policy includes the banning of specific breeds of dog — breeds the RCI has deemed "dangerous,"including, but not limited to: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Chow Chows.

Sometimes, despite their actual DNA, dogs are only given the eyeball test, and initially banned based solely upon their looks. This forces dogs to undergo a DNA test to prove they don’t fall under the restriction. But, under this policy, even a 1% positive result will end in a ban, despite the lack of evidence showing the correlation between dog breed and dog bite.

This is ridiculous. Dogs are more than just a breed. They're more than therapeutic to service members performing some of the most demanding jobs in the world — they're family. And, because military family after military family continue to be separated by this policy, the time to act is now.

Sign the petition below and urge the RCI to do away with their breed-specific legislation.

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To the Residential Communities Initiative,

We are writing to express our intense concern about your policy of breaking up military families through poorly designed and managed breed restrictions implemented on military bases across the globe.

Animals are one of the best ways for people to deal with stress and isolation, and they have an immeasurable positive effect on the mental health of families. This is especially important for families living on military bases who face untold stress. Forcing them to choose between their careers and their family is not only cruel, but a horrific burden to place on the men and women putting their lives on the line for us.

The breed restrictions applied to bases are based in simple fear and perception as opposed to any fact. The Center for Disease Control has shown there is no connection between breeds and dog bites, and that breed specific legislation has no bearing on the number of bites seen. Cities across the United States and Canada have enacted BSL and have seen no change in attacks, only an increase in the number of animals being euthanized and abandoned.

These laws do nothing to protect the families living on military bases, and serve no purpose but to tear apart families. Dozens of organizations have spoken out about the pointlessness of the breed restrictions being implemented, and without evidence as to the effectiveness of the bans, the only reasonable action is to remove the restrictions.

Dogs should be judged on their merits, not their DNA results. Help keep families together and allow our men and women in uniform to bring all of their loved ones with them!


Petition Signatures

Dec 12, 2017 Lisa Klein
Dec 12, 2017 Tanya Hernandez
Dec 12, 2017 Alex Stall
Dec 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Verena Kalandra
Dec 12, 2017 Evgeniya Terterashvili
Dec 12, 2017 Lisa Watson Nolan
Dec 12, 2017 Vik Cooke
Dec 11, 2017 T van Nieuwland
Dec 11, 2017 Julie Martin
Dec 11, 2017 Susana Bidart
Dec 11, 2017 inge nespolon
Dec 11, 2017 Paulette Zimmerman
Dec 11, 2017 Stanley Charles
Dec 11, 2017 Joëlle Lafont
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 11, 2017 Michelle Giordano
Dec 11, 2017 tracy roe
Dec 11, 2017 rebecca green
Dec 11, 2017 Anne Bell
Dec 11, 2017 Julia Moore
Dec 10, 2017 Barbara McKee
Dec 10, 2017 lucia cardenas
Dec 10, 2017 Kay M
Dec 10, 2017 Vahia TAMAGNA
Dec 10, 2017 DIANE KASTEL Keep Military Families Together - End Breed Restrictions On Bases! Dogs should be judged on their merits, not their DNA results. Help keep families together! Our service members shouldn't have to choose between their pets and their homes!
Dec 10, 2017 Jennifer McDaniel
Dec 10, 2017 Anna Chiyanova
Dec 10, 2017 Fran GRay
Dec 10, 2017 Laura Fletcher
Dec 9, 2017 Monica Schreil
Dec 9, 2017 hilary tulloch
Dec 9, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Dec 9, 2017 Melenie Mah
Dec 9, 2017 Michele LaPorte
Dec 9, 2017 Edna Maturkanich Oh please! keep those dogs and their person together! They have made a bond that you, so called leaders, must not know anything about! To separate them is like taking a 3 yr old from the parent! Also together it will keep them both with PSD syndrome.
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 c straight Thank you
Dec 9, 2017 Miriam Navarro
Dec 9, 2017 cerys owen
Dec 9, 2017 Elena Burankova
Dec 9, 2017 James Sorrells
Dec 9, 2017 Roxanne Asel
Dec 9, 2017 Deborah OHara These pets belong with their families.
Dec 9, 2017 peggy gliksman
Dec 9, 2017 Victoria Lamprecht
Dec 9, 2017 Mary Metters End BSL
Dec 9, 2017 Alena Ikina
Dec 9, 2017 terezia ildiko fogarasi

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