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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

Jan 19, 2018 Jane Parker
Jan 18, 2018 Alecia Oakley
Jan 17, 2018 Teresa Crosby It is insane to bane complete breeds from our bases. Every animal has a different personality and behavior based on a number of things with the breed only being a part of the picture. Some of the ones you are banning are the most loyal and protective.
Jan 16, 2018 Heather Pelletier
Jan 14, 2018 Colleen Ricketts
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) It’s not the breed that’s the problem! Pit bulls are the sweetest , Gentle and loving family members. It’s bad owners that make them aggressive.
Jan 12, 2018 Nancy Voag
Jan 11, 2018 RENATA FLIS
Jan 10, 2018 Marge Ferrance
Jan 9, 2018 Matt Haslehurst
Jan 9, 2018 Megan Tucillo
Jan 7, 2018 David Tracy
Jan 7, 2018 Laura Kelly
Jan 6, 2018 Deborah Goodwin
Jan 6, 2018 David Sickles
Jan 5, 2018 Mair McNamara
Jan 4, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Jan 4, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Jan 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 4, 2018 katta gert
Jan 1, 2018 Robert Whitaker
Dec 31, 2017 Angel Ricci
Dec 29, 2017 Thomas Boden
Dec 29, 2017 Elizabeth Peterson
Dec 29, 2017 Elizabeth Hensley Most Pit Bulls are nice. Most Blacks aren't in gangs. Most Red Heads aren't Trumps. Most Cats aren't grumpy or self centered. I'm Autistic. I love others, take care of myself & contribute to society! Judge only by what any individual is, not by type!
Dec 29, 2017 Hiediliza Tan
Dec 28, 2017 Rochelle Pyle
Dec 28, 2017 Debbie Brown
Dec 28, 2017 Pauline Loe
Dec 28, 2017 Teresa Cruz-Wortman
Dec 28, 2017 kent driskell
Dec 28, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Dec 28, 2017 Lisa Lowell
Dec 28, 2017 laura melotti
Dec 27, 2017 Charles Lang
Dec 27, 2017 elaine banham
Dec 27, 2017 Katherine Pasciak It is a travesty to separate our service members from their pets. Please help by making it easier for them to keep their furry family members.
Dec 27, 2017 E Pierce Don't let your biases separate families!
Dec 27, 2017 Eunice Heitz I susport this very much.
Dec 27, 2017 Dick Watson
Dec 27, 2017 tj bolduc
Dec 27, 2017 Andrea Shannon
Dec 27, 2017 Amanda Bradfield
Dec 27, 2017 Pamela Holscher Animal's have feelings,and emotional. They grieve.
Dec 27, 2017 Theresa Roush Animals are still part of the family, those that are trained to work with the military are no different. Please keep them with their dogs..
Dec 27, 2017 DEBBIE DITE
Dec 27, 2017 Margaret Pravic
Dec 27, 2017 Melissa Schlichte
Dec 27, 2017 Lyn Higgins
Dec 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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