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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

Sep 22, 2017 Carol Kelling
Sep 21, 2017 Cherilyn Fitzko
Sep 21, 2017 Tammy Smith
Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 Cid Carwile
Sep 17, 2017 Stephanie Companion
Sep 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) A pet is family. You wouldn't split up a human family would you?
Sep 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) They are canine soldiers and their service warrants them to have the same right as any US Soldiers two legged and four legged.
Sep 16, 2017 Katherine Jennings Keep families together.
Sep 16, 2017 Melinda Snow It has nothing to do with their breeds. It's all in their upbringing, just like children.
Sep 16, 2017 Linda Leslie Dogs are loyal and loving regardless of breed. It is all in the training and the love!
Sep 16, 2017 Donald Rhodes I have run into these same restrictive breed criteria, which have nothing to do with how an animal behaves. In fact some of the un restricted small dogs are ore aggressive than the breeds you list based on my experience with dogs.
Sep 15, 2017 Lois Freeman
Sep 5, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Aug 28, 2017 DOROTHY RODEL
Aug 24, 2017 Laura Probst
Aug 24, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Aug 21, 2017 Helen Savkovic
Aug 20, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 20, 2017 Sónia Raimundo
Aug 19, 2017 Raleigh koritz RCI, please do away with your breed-specific legislation. There is nothing with these breeds, after all, you USE them for your own good! Let the dogs come home with their owners.
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ware
Aug 17, 2017 Renee Boteilho
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Nina Carey
Aug 15, 2017 cara frame
Aug 7, 2017 Helen Savkovic
Aug 6, 2017 denise stahl
Aug 6, 2017 christine etapa
Aug 3, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Aug 2, 2017 Meggie Tryon
Aug 1, 2017 Lynn Ronconi
Aug 1, 2017 Kathy & Judy Sutter SHAME
Jul 31, 2017 Jodi Phillips
Jul 31, 2017 Kevin Phillips
Jul 31, 2017 Mimi Sardina
Jul 31, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 30, 2017 Sammy Arneson
Jul 30, 2017 Nick Sileno Signed
Jul 30, 2017 Jo-Ann Sangataldo
Jul 26, 2017 Stephanie Carey
Jul 25, 2017 Betty Shipley Animals do what they are taught.
Jul 23, 2017 Denise Griffin
Jul 22, 2017 Linda Beach
Jul 20, 2017 Donald Windus
Jul 19, 2017 Rachel Howe
Jul 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 Larissa -

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