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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

Jul 21, 2018 Ingrid Schneider
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Dawn Wilcox
Jul 21, 2018 Karen Smith
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Linda Long
Jul 21, 2018 Florencia Cudicio
Jul 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2018 Angella Dugdale
Jul 20, 2018 Christine Nicholson
Jul 20, 2018 Hope Wessel
Jul 20, 2018 Gisele Rodrigues
Jul 20, 2018 Michelle Monique McCloskey
Jul 20, 2018 Radka Murgova
Jul 19, 2018 Regina Flores
Jul 19, 2018 Γεωργιος Μανωλης
Jul 19, 2018 Diane Kalil
Jul 19, 2018 neenan baid
Jul 19, 2018 Barbara Karasinski
Jul 19, 2018 Nigel Coppin
Jul 19, 2018 Nancy Rominger
Jul 19, 2018 Karen Friedel
Jul 19, 2018 robert palagonia
Jul 19, 2018 Nancy Oakley
Jul 19, 2018 Kristina Fedorov
Jul 19, 2018 olya evseeva
Jul 19, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Anne Wilbanks
Jul 19, 2018 Bonnie Mercer
Jul 19, 2018 Jen Sturgeon
Jul 18, 2018 Valerie Longo
Jul 18, 2018 Valerie Longo
Jul 18, 2018 Paula vanbuskirk
Jul 18, 2018 Marsha Tregloan
Jul 18, 2018 Beverly Mustaine
Jul 18, 2018 Ingrid Broecker
Jul 18, 2018 Jona Petrikowksi
Jul 18, 2018 Burkhard Broecker
Jul 18, 2018 donna gaddass
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 alexandr shcherba
Jul 18, 2018 Ava Unwalla
Jul 18, 2018 Arlene Kinner If a dog isn't trained to be aggressive, the dog won't become aggressive. Family pets/dogs aren't trained to be aggressive. They are protective of their families.
Jul 18, 2018 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Jul 18, 2018 Michèle Haudebourg
Jul 18, 2018 Eduardo Pierro
Jul 18, 2018 JoAnn Pucino This is not fair to the animals or their owners. I believe as long as ALL BREEDS of dogs do not have a violent/aggressive nature/past, they should remain with their owners and in their own homes.

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