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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

Feb 26, 2017 Kelly Billings
Feb 26, 2017 Cristina da Cruz
Feb 26, 2017 Robyn Camarata
Feb 26, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 Patty Armstrong
Feb 25, 2017 Kelsey Brewer
Feb 25, 2017 Ruth Dreyer
Feb 25, 2017 Kim Randolph
Feb 24, 2017 Diane Summerville It's how a pet is raised. To what makes it mean. Just add outdoor restrictions on them. Like the owner must be outside when the pet is outside.
Feb 24, 2017 Carina Casas Zamora
Feb 23, 2017 Melissa Copen Stop this practice now.
Feb 23, 2017 Magdalini M.
Feb 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) dogs help us our heart mind soul keep them with their people... . have a heart....1% will cause them to fail test ridiculous... shame on who ever made this law. ugh!!!
Feb 21, 2017 Greta Guarton
Feb 21, 2017 Susan Martin
Feb 20, 2017 Dee Ann Neely
Feb 20, 2017 Michele Bell
Feb 20, 2017 JILL MORRA
Feb 20, 2017 Charity Chambers
Feb 20, 2017 Linda Shaw
Feb 20, 2017 Charles Muehlhof
Feb 20, 2017 Beth Hall Don't judge all dogs by their breed. You will be missing out on something wonderful and amazing.
Feb 20, 2017 Dierdre Reeve
Feb 19, 2017 Elaine Balgemann RCI, YOU MUST to do away with your breed-specific legislation. Keep Military Families Together - End Breed Restrictions on Bases!
Feb 19, 2017 Susan Ellis
Feb 19, 2017 Diana Dines
Feb 19, 2017 Tracy Davis
Feb 18, 2017 Janis Di Certo
Feb 18, 2017 sophie meyer
Feb 17, 2017 Kaitlyn Kittell
Feb 16, 2017 c deleon
Feb 16, 2017 M Kent
Feb 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2017 K G
Feb 16, 2017 Lauren Stone
Feb 15, 2017 sarah craven These animals ARE part of these families as much as my Doberman and my 9 rescued cats!!!!!!
Feb 15, 2017 Melanie Goodyear
Feb 15, 2017 Felipe Menossi
Feb 14, 2017 Ginger Gorum
Feb 13, 2017 Sandra Jesionek This only makes sense.
Feb 13, 2017 jackie grey
Feb 13, 2017 Lisa Cruz
Feb 12, 2017 Kathy Nix
Feb 12, 2017 Susan Bonta The military has no place in people's business regarding their family pets. If you expect people to live on base, then provide appropriate housing and fencing for them. You can maybe require them go through Certified K-9 Training with their pets.
Feb 12, 2017 Erika Ranzi
Feb 12, 2017 GREG CZARNOTA
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Feb 12, 2017 charly oddo

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