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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

Nov 23, 2017 Sladjana Perisic
Nov 23, 2017 Nancy Anthoulakis It's a DOG. Maybe the only real love in a difficult job. A soldier with the knowledge their dog has been questioned WILL ensure that dog behaves.
Nov 22, 2017 Robin Isaman
Nov 19, 2017 Susan Zito
Nov 18, 2017 Jim Sheridan
Nov 16, 2017 Carri King-Bussard Punish the deed not the breed and allow these four legged family members to remain with their human family.
Nov 15, 2017 Karen Miller
Nov 15, 2017 Mark Bastian
Nov 15, 2017 martine hans
Nov 15, 2017 Tricia VAKKNEN-ROGERS
Nov 15, 2017 lecat Anne
Nov 14, 2017 Peggy Yeager
Nov 14, 2017 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
Nov 14, 2017 Jen Mitchell
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 Shirley Livingstone
Nov 13, 2017 Carole Giacomazzo
Nov 13, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 13, 2017 Gabriella fedra
Nov 13, 2017 Tina Samaniego
Nov 13, 2017 joyce alexander
Nov 12, 2017 Diane kadomoto
Nov 12, 2017 Marilyn Stachenfeld
Nov 12, 2017 Kathyrn Hunt Nothing wrong at all with any breed! You can teach any animal to attack! Horses were taught to fight in war! Police horses are still trained to this day. Leave people's damn dogs alone! Especially our military!
Nov 12, 2017 Danielle L'Ecuyer
Nov 12, 2017 Rebecca Hoeschler
Nov 12, 2017 Jeffory Newkirk It is unconscionable to break up families in this way.
Nov 12, 2017 Deborah Carter
Nov 12, 2017 Samantha Hake
Nov 12, 2017 Renee Woodman
Nov 12, 2017 Rebecca Pois
Nov 12, 2017 Debra Greenley
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Jean Kilgore Family is what we choose it to be.
Nov 12, 2017 Lara Reid
Nov 12, 2017 Leigh decicco
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Patricia Farrell
Nov 12, 2017 Annette McMullen
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Patricia Aranibar
Nov 12, 2017 Susan Fisher The military does so much for us it's the least we can do for them.
Nov 12, 2017 Terri Pattison
Nov 12, 2017 Cheryl Roberts
Nov 12, 2017 Janis Westendorf
Nov 12, 2017 cindy koepfer
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Lift the ban on dogs on military bases.
Nov 12, 2017 Sharon Vickery Breed Specific Bans is Discrimination against dogs!! It's NO Different than Discrimination against humans because of their race,religion or income status!!!
Nov 12, 2017 Rose Gonzalez
Nov 12, 2017 Gail Pang Please stop this senseless ban! our pets equal family to millions of us. This is not called for, it is cruel to separate families..

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