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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

Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 12, 2017 Meher Behrana
Dec 11, 2017 lucy piccarelli
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Victoria Walker
Dec 4, 2017 Lorraine Lancy
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2017 Maria Underwood
Dec 3, 2017 Elena Samoylova
Dec 3, 2017 Jen Brown
Dec 3, 2017 Peggy Waldorf
Dec 3, 2017 Christina Betzer
Dec 3, 2017 terry yanessa
Dec 3, 2017 Maria Fabbri
Dec 3, 2017 (Name not displayed) All dogs are a gift from God
Dec 3, 2017 Lisa Ciervo
Dec 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2017 Joan Wilson Dogs are an integral part of family life and we view them as family too. Legislation needs to support the abolition of breed specific legistration as it's totally out dated an wrong. Time and time again it's provern that it's the handler not the dog
Dec 3, 2017 radhika korla
Dec 3, 2017 Minna Vasarhelyi
Dec 3, 2017 (Name not displayed) Pitbulls are no different to any other dog it is not fair to label them dangerous
Dec 2, 2017 Andree Hall
Dec 2, 2017 Shirley Chen
Dec 2, 2017 Melissa Justice
Dec 2, 2017 A Stewart
Dec 2, 2017 Shelley Rogers
Dec 2, 2017 (Name not displayed) More than ever, folks in the military need all the support they can have. Please change the rules.
Dec 2, 2017 Vicky Kammer
Dec 1, 2017 Gary Hollamen
Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2017 Josie Brown Please let them go home with their family and rescind the breed restrictions on base.
Nov 29, 2017 Gerald Anderson Cvt Let them go home with their families to a well earned retirement,
Nov 29, 2017 Robert Gaul
Nov 29, 2017 Walter Pepperman Man's best friend should always be included.
Nov 29, 2017 Anthony Lambert
Nov 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 28, 2017 Arthur Graves
Nov 28, 2017 Randall Reinke
Nov 28, 2017 Jeanne Garcia Keep family and their family/work dogs together. They're what makes a whole family
Nov 28, 2017 irving stammreich
Nov 28, 2017 jackie wells
Nov 28, 2017 Charles Bartlett They SERVED the same as everyone else and they deserve the same recognition as everyone else.
Nov 28, 2017 Stephen Beauregard USMC Retired
Nov 28, 2017 Pearl Lipner
Nov 28, 2017 Jeff Wachtel

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