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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

May 24, 2018 Huetta Prewitt
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 P. M. Ritter
May 23, 2018 Kinga Zamecki
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) Banning certain breeds would be the same as segregation and racist policies. I've met some wonderful pits- they are good family dogs. It's the people who turn them bad, and for that all of us bear some responsibility.
May 23, 2018 mary Pinnegar
May 23, 2018 Millie Harsha
May 23, 2018 Carol Pacelli
May 23, 2018 maria Vil
May 23, 2018 Diane Brackett Dogs are FAMILY!!!
May 23, 2018 Shane Dean
May 23, 2018 Trevor Cooper
May 23, 2018 Barbara Jacobs
May 23, 2018 Martha Jane Ripple
May 23, 2018 Ann Logan
May 23, 2018 stella Bott
May 23, 2018 Shirley Pasholk
May 23, 2018 Leora Yoak
May 23, 2018 Elfriede Moore The problem is that the military persons can't just quit when their dogs are not welcome ,like people in other professions.
May 23, 2018 Xyra Silverleaf
May 23, 2018 Debra Rortina It is not the breed that makes them dangerous, it is the way they are raised. The ban for breed specific is totally wrong.
May 23, 2018 Janet Arose
May 23, 2018 Delene Swanepoel
May 23, 2018 Mark Norman
May 23, 2018 Mary Naramore
May 23, 2018 Boštjan Dominc
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 22, 2018 J Phillips
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Amy Plamann
May 21, 2018 Jane Davidson
May 21, 2018 Rose Wade
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Terri Cornacchia
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 pam f
May 19, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 caroll sigafoos
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Sally Allen
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Elizabeth Hensley
May 18, 2018 Catherine Carney-Feldman
May 18, 2018 Kellie Miller
May 18, 2018 LOIS BALL
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Evangeline Miranda

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