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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 20, 2018 karina oleynikov
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Laura Scherry
Apr 17, 2018 Luciano Soissa
Apr 17, 2018 Antonietta Borzacchiello
Apr 17, 2018 Maria Galarce
Apr 16, 2018 Nathan Johnson My family has had Rottweilers since I was young and I currently own a Doberman and they have never been aggressive. It is about how you raise your pet not about how they look.
Apr 15, 2018 Kateri Hilton
Apr 14, 2018 Joan Kelly
Apr 14, 2018 Deborah Croft
Apr 13, 2018 Linda Masuoka
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Ackroyd
Apr 13, 2018 Rory Ackroyd
Apr 13, 2018 Silvie Rieger
Apr 11, 2018 Nic g
Apr 8, 2018 Jeannette Calvo
Apr 7, 2018 Janet Johnson
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Apr 6, 2018 C. Mary Corrado Please show we're not a backward, bigoted nation! With little investigation, you'd know that Pit Bulls were once the "nanny dog" of (aristocratic) families; whereby, they'd care for their children. This loyal, loving breed does anything for it's master.
Apr 5, 2018 Joanne Ferguson
Apr 5, 2018 Megan Hockwalt
Apr 5, 2018 Joy Frascinella We need to ban bad dog owners and not dog breeds. Military personnel need their dogs and dogs have been found to be highly beneficial to those suffering from PTSD. Honour our service men and women by allowing them to keep their dogs. Thank you.
Apr 5, 2018 Bente Ryland
Apr 4, 2018 Sandy Palmini
Apr 3, 2018 Deb Clark
Apr 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 1, 2018 Noemia Ventura
Mar 30, 2018 Loriann Noguchi
Mar 30, 2018 Leena Rauttamo
Mar 29, 2018 Jeannie Knittle
Mar 29, 2018 Debra Gibson This practice has to stop ~ these dogs aren't just "like Family". . . they ARE family, to these soldiers and to the rest of the family. Please adjust the legislation to accommodate the soldier's need to keep their dogs WITH them. Thank you.
Mar 27, 2018 Cindy Page
Mar 27, 2018 Kristen Lindberg
Mar 27, 2018 milène aribert
Mar 27, 2018 Odette Soum
Mar 27, 2018 m.cecilia dallari
Mar 27, 2018 Andrea Kaplan
Mar 27, 2018 Gib M
Mar 26, 2018 Cherlyn Akerley Please end breed bans keep families together!
Mar 26, 2018 Yukari Rozenoff
Mar 26, 2018 Lynda Callista
Mar 26, 2018 Meher Behrana
Mar 26, 2018 Bronwyn Marsh
Mar 25, 2018 Fiona Wright
Mar 25, 2018 Jean Cherpak
Mar 24, 2018 virginia green
Mar 24, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 24, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Mar 24, 2018 Marisa Kieren

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