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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

Apr 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2017 Susan Madden
Apr 28, 2017 madeleine dao
Apr 27, 2017 Dawn Pecoraro
Apr 25, 2017 helen buchanan
Apr 25, 2017 Sawsan Gh
Apr 24, 2017 Donna Ham
Apr 23, 2017 robbie thomas
Apr 23, 2017 Darren Frale
Apr 23, 2017 Dina Balint
Apr 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2017 Lori McCloskey
Apr 20, 2017 josé Dias
Apr 19, 2017 Kathy George If a service member can demonstrate that his or her animal is well-behaved and well-trained, there should be no reason to bar the animal based on breed specific rules!
Apr 19, 2017 Michela Tognoni
Apr 18, 2017 Carroll Towner
Apr 18, 2017 Michelle Travaille
Apr 16, 2017 Nancy Roeber
Apr 11, 2017 Kelleigh Ledgerwood
Apr 11, 2017 Laura Vanesa García
Apr 11, 2017 Lee Shepard
Apr 11, 2017 Linda Shepard PLEASE - Breed bans are wrong and cruel.
Apr 11, 2017 Jean-François Dutto
Apr 11, 2017 Jeanne Dutto
Apr 11, 2017 Carolyn Turner
Apr 11, 2017 Mary McPhail Allowing the dog to remain with the veteran who built a bond with that dog should not be a question of "if" but "when" they go home together. Both dog and soldier need each other and not just in war.
Apr 11, 2017 Neala Creel
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2017 Elaine Raff
Apr 11, 2017 Kenneth McGrady Jr.
Apr 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 Sharona Leigh
Apr 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) Help our service people - allow their pets. Don't make them abandon their animals.
Apr 10, 2017 Barb Kuntz
Apr 10, 2017 Karst Dutto
Apr 10, 2017 Rochelle Clem
Apr 10, 2017 josette ferralli
Apr 10, 2017 Luis Arevalo
Apr 10, 2017 Laurie Thorne
Apr 9, 2017 R Belkin
Apr 9, 2017 Chris Leverich
Apr 9, 2017 Dianne Doochin
Apr 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2017 Lorraine Vesce Dogs should be judged on their merits, not their DNA results. Allow our military to bring their dogs home.
Apr 8, 2017 Ramona Chun The RCI need to educate themselves to the fact that it's not the breed that dangerous it's the OWNER.
Apr 8, 2017 sally whitney
Apr 8, 2017 Russell Nauta
Apr 7, 2017 Rosaline Bond

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