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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

Jul 18, 2018 Paula vanbuskirk
Jul 18, 2018 Marsha Tregloan
Jul 18, 2018 Beverly Mustaine
Jul 18, 2018 Ingrid Broecker
Jul 18, 2018 Jona Petrikowksi
Jul 18, 2018 Burkhard Broecker
Jul 18, 2018 donna gaddass
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 alexandr shcherba
Jul 18, 2018 Ava Unwalla
Jul 18, 2018 Arlene Kinner If a dog isn't trained to be aggressive, the dog won't become aggressive. Family pets/dogs aren't trained to be aggressive. They are protective of their families.
Jul 18, 2018 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Jul 18, 2018 Michèle Haudebourg
Jul 18, 2018 Eduardo Pierro
Jul 18, 2018 JoAnn Pucino This is not fair to the animals or their owners. I believe as long as ALL BREEDS of dogs do not have a violent/aggressive nature/past, they should remain with their owners and in their own homes.
Jul 18, 2018 Karen Miller
Jul 18, 2018 Silvia Agnoli
Jul 18, 2018 Jose Manuel López Fuertes
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Дмитрий Ермолаев
Jul 18, 2018 ilaria leonardi
Jul 18, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Jul 18, 2018 Kurt Schwenk
Jul 18, 2018 Pam Turner
Jul 17, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
Jul 17, 2018 Sharon klakken
Jul 17, 2018 Jaime Klein
Jul 17, 2018 Anna Buenaventura Seriously RCI???? Why can't everyone affected by your erroneous policy apply the same treatment to you guys? Let's see then how you would feel if you get that "breed specific legislation" treatment.
Jul 17, 2018 Sophie Boivin
Jul 17, 2018 Scott Wilhelm
Jul 17, 2018 Michael Stowe Everyone needs to learn it's not the breed it's the training. Dogs need a very structred environment with proper training. A pitbull is no more dangerous than a Golden Retriever ; a German Shepherd is no more dangerous than a Pomeranian ,
Jul 17, 2018 Alyse Weitz
Jul 17, 2018 Lupe Thompson
Jul 17, 2018 Midori Nakayama
Jul 17, 2018 Caroline Kelly
Jul 17, 2018 Katherine Gilbert
Jul 17, 2018 bailey Braunagel
Jul 17, 2018 Denise Swinnen How can you ask that a team who worked together had to be separate because no dogs in military base???Awful, no respect. STOP that inhumaine law!!!
Jul 17, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jul 17, 2018 Vicki Peters This is what happens due to privatization. The ignorant and unqualified are put in control. This type of discrimination is just one of probably many problems with the housing. Everyone knows property management companies are worthless.
Jul 17, 2018 V W
Jul 17, 2018 Edyta Lee
Jul 17, 2018 Lauren Eaton
Jul 17, 2018 Susan Howard
Jul 17, 2018 Jen Warner
Jul 17, 2018 Piet van Gils
Jul 17, 2018 Carolyn Riddle
Jul 17, 2018 Ryan Burger Banning dog breeds is like banning black people, Mexican people, gay people, women, etc. In other words it is ignorant and trumpish.
Jul 17, 2018 Helga S.
Jul 17, 2018 jole lheureux

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