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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

Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 15, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Jun 14, 2018 Maria Flores
Jun 14, 2018 Christina Edwards
Jun 11, 2018 Linda Wiltshire
Jun 11, 2018 Felicia Giles
Jun 9, 2018 Sharon Funk
Jun 9, 2018 Harry Funk
Jun 9, 2018 Adam Funk
Jun 9, 2018 Marianne Ray
Jun 5, 2018 G. Tompkins
Jun 1, 2018 Sheila Parks
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Sally Reagan Families serving our country should not be burdened by having to leave their pets behind because of pointless restrictions imposed on families with regard to the breed of their pets in terms of 'acceptability' to the military.
May 22, 2018 Patti Mealy
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 K Hiles
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Jo Knopf Breed restrictions should not be an excuse to break up military families. The breeds listed may or may not be any more aggressive than a cocker spaniel, chihuahua, or bernese mountain dog.
May 17, 2018 Darcy Wigfall
May 14, 2018 Aleksander Lindemann
May 9, 2018 Chris Neves
May 8, 2018 Kim Ziegler
May 8, 2018 Natalie Bieniarz
May 8, 2018 Pamela Wood
May 8, 2018 Deborah Deshaies
May 7, 2018 Kayleigh Brown
May 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2018 Mary Lou Bradley There should be no restrictions on breed of dog on military bases. If the animal has been trained to be a service dog breed should not enter into it.
May 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2018 Veronica Knight
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 Rob Dexter
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2018 Lois Wark
Apr 28, 2018 Kaley Bill
Apr 27, 2018 Al Moorhouse
Apr 27, 2018 Patti Bailley
Apr 27, 2018 Christine Zimmerman
Apr 27, 2018 Christina Ponder
Apr 27, 2018 vautrin noelle
Apr 27, 2018 Carol McDonald
Apr 27, 2018 Tina Meyer
Apr 26, 2018 Debbie Turner
Apr 26, 2018 Victoria Finklea
Apr 25, 2018 Sophie Benger
Apr 20, 2018 karina oleynikov

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