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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 26, 2018 g wolverton
May 26, 2018 Anita Hoos
May 26, 2018 cathy nolane
May 26, 2018 tina choate
May 25, 2018 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
May 25, 2018 Lucia Oller
May 25, 2018 Valerya Nikanorova
May 25, 2018 Vivian Vetere
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) Our Service Members deserve better! Let them keep their dogs with their families.
May 25, 2018 Terry Pulham
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) These soldiers need their dogs to provide them security, peace and love , especially if they have come back from fighting for this country. Give them a break!
May 25, 2018 Jen McConnell END BSL
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Maureen Watson
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Stephanie Spiers
May 25, 2018 Betty Starling
May 25, 2018 Connie Burclaw
May 25, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 25, 2018 susan Dombrowski
May 25, 2018 Frances Parrish
May 25, 2018 Sandy Oudin
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 cindy markgraf
May 25, 2018 Maria Mandjik Stop misjudging dogs based on breed.
May 25, 2018 Kathryn McGlynn
May 25, 2018 Diane Bosworth Banning should only be on a dog to dog basis. If a dog proves to be bad then you ban him. You don't ban an entire breed for how they look or how you THINK they might act. Dogs are family and should be allowed to be with their family.
May 25, 2018 Maria Scaglione
May 25, 2018 DIANNE GOWIN
May 25, 2018 Marjorie Baehmann
May 25, 2018 Lisa Jordan I have a pit bull mix who is the sweetest and non aggressive dog I have ever had. My 12 pound jack russel mix is scarier. Let these military families keep their dogs.
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) How awful to give up part of the family, especially for those who risk so much for US!
May 25, 2018 Jennifer Rice Foolish!
May 25, 2018 Michelle Beck
May 25, 2018 Catherine Krug
May 25, 2018 Mary Massey
May 25, 2018 Pam Hall
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2018 Lynn Noe jail the bad owner and lift breed restrictions
May 24, 2018 David Dean
May 24, 2018 Maxine Nelson
May 24, 2018 Suzan Caylen
May 24, 2018 em dee
May 24, 2018 Julia Gleeson
May 24, 2018 Janice Chappell
May 24, 2018 Karen Harkins
May 24, 2018 Marion Oldham

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