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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

Mar 25, 2017 Linda Hutchison Ban the bad humans, not the innocent animals!
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 rae gold stop this kind of treatment
Mar 24, 2017 Jennifer zietlow Help our military families by allowing ALL breeds of their pets to continue to be part of their family!
Mar 24, 2017 Kimberly sylvester
Mar 23, 2017 marie borrazzo
Mar 23, 2017 Carol Dauria
Mar 23, 2017 Monika Saluter
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Lourinho
Mar 23, 2017 Cindy Hoyle
Mar 23, 2017 Linda Brown
Mar 23, 2017 Jeffrey Bains
Mar 23, 2017 LINDA boyce
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Johnson
Mar 23, 2017 lia schiltmans
Mar 23, 2017 Kimberly Steigerwald
Mar 23, 2017 Georgia Roussis
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2017 Suzanne Stephens
Mar 21, 2017 Linda Haines
Mar 21, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Mar 20, 2017 Mary Witt
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Sellma Batalha
Mar 20, 2017 sally timmins
Mar 20, 2017 Debra Cassiero
Mar 19, 2017 Martine Riscalla
Mar 19, 2017 Lisa Vaugh
Mar 19, 2017 Melanie Kircher
Mar 19, 2017 Mary Hatzigiannis
Mar 18, 2017 Sonia Nayyar
Mar 18, 2017 Valerie Melton
Mar 18, 2017 Kenneth Taylor
Mar 16, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 Sarah Barbone
Mar 16, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 16, 2017 Kathy Dorr
Mar 16, 2017 Leo Randall
Mar 16, 2017 J L
Mar 16, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate/Human
Mar 15, 2017 Tanja Lyresäter
Mar 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2017 marie hanulak
Mar 15, 2017 maricela mier
Mar 15, 2017 Deborah Summerville

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