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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

Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Kay Weiler
Nov 22, 2017 Tina Van Rikxoord
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Guy Vaughn
Nov 21, 2017 Margie Lastovica
Nov 20, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Nov 20, 2017 Kat Lang
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Lorraine Oliver
Nov 17, 2017 June Helker
Nov 17, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 16, 2017 Jennifer Schmitz
Nov 16, 2017 Carl Clark
Nov 16, 2017 Kathleen Gardner
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 Jackie Doying
Nov 16, 2017 Monica Lewandowski Keep the family--all it members!--together!
Nov 16, 2017 Misti Lee
Nov 16, 2017 Elena Newton
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Kristin Cox
Nov 16, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 16, 2017 Bettina Bowers
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Susan Smith
Nov 15, 2017 JANICE CHUI
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 Veronica McCarthy
Nov 14, 2017 Terry Pitt
Nov 14, 2017 Geraldine L Kellogg These military dogs have served their country well, so giving their lives. They should not be deserted in some foreign country. The bond between handler and dog is unbreakable, is forever. They should not be separated.
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Donna Cnossen
Nov 14, 2017 Gary boyd
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) Our boys put their lives on the line for us EVERY day! They should be given what little the need for comfort. Do not deprive them of the love than can receive from an animal.
Nov 14, 2017 Melody Fischer
Nov 14, 2017 Cheryl Kaufman Never forget that pets are family members and should not be separated from their military families. The members of the military give up so much to protect our freedoms; they should not have to give up their pets also!
Nov 14, 2017 Eileen Duffy
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Terry Kunick
Nov 14, 2017 Lesley Fetterman
Nov 14, 2017 Linda Wright
Nov 14, 2017 Rhonda Palmer
Nov 14, 2017 Valerie Townsend
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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