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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

Sep 20, 2017 Carol Alexander Hold those with dangerous dogs accountable when there is a bite or injury, but don't ban breeds across the board.
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 Patricia Camper Evitts I don't even want the dogs there! But since they have no choice the least we can do is let them be with their human parents. They need love and protection too!!!!
Sep 20, 2017 Sandra Hallman
Sep 20, 2017 Gayle Hann This is inhumane to both the families and the animals. It isn't acceptable.
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Men and Women risking their lives for our freedom deserve to have their pets with them!
Sep 20, 2017 Sharon Chartrand
Sep 20, 2017 Carey Turner This is ridiculous! We ask them to serve and protect and then they can't have ALL of their family members? BS!! Judging by looks alone? Mmm...thought we weren't supposed to that and to me that includes animals as well as people!
Sep 20, 2017 Genelda Peck
Sep 20, 2017 cj baker
Sep 20, 2017 Donna Bagley A dog is just as much a member of a family as children
Sep 20, 2017 Francine Fizzinoglia
Sep 20, 2017 Rob Long
Sep 20, 2017 Dora Rushing
Sep 20, 2017 Diane Gangemi
Sep 20, 2017 Danielle Frankenfield
Sep 20, 2017 emilie seaton
Sep 20, 2017 Carolyn Veshia The breed does not make the dog. The training does! Let all dogs be allowed and then weed out the "bad" ones!
Sep 20, 2017 Louise Martell
Sep 20, 2017 Craig Blackman Breed-specific banning not related to specific dog misbehavior is recklessly discriminatory and reasonably insupportable. STOP. Ban dangerous animals, not categories.
Sep 20, 2017 Michele Kijeski
Sep 20, 2017 Christine Berardi
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 Michelle Bomba
Sep 20, 2017 J Freeman
Sep 20, 2017 Rosemary Longueira Dogs (and cats) are precious members of a family that bring love and joy to the human members of that household - don't discriminate based on breed.
Sep 20, 2017 Jenny Steele
Sep 20, 2017 Karen Coll
Sep 20, 2017 Lorri Gaffney
Sep 20, 2017 Nina Davis
Sep 20, 2017 Joseph Ciccone
Sep 20, 2017 Patricia Galli
Sep 20, 2017 Susan McFadyen
Sep 20, 2017 Virginia Smith
Sep 20, 2017 Brenda Goldman All members of our service men and women families should remain together. Having to choose to leave a loved pet behind is unfair to ask of those who already have sacrificed so much.
Sep 20, 2017 Vicki Garrett Let's ban all breeds then since there in no distinction upon what kind of dog will bite...all dogs will bite upon provocation! I am totally opposed to this separation of dogs from the family...dogs are only as good as their training.
Sep 20, 2017 Karen Thomas Dogs can be better family members then your own family. The love you like not other. Why would you not want to make the world a better place. People are not the only thing that GOD gave life to.
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Unbelievable we treat our military hero families in this way; we should be ashamed. Rescind this policy now!
Sep 20, 2017 Andrea Rulka
Sep 20, 2017 Shelly Logan
Sep 20, 2017 james poston
Sep 20, 2017 Anne Pearce
Sep 20, 2017 William Ridgeway
Sep 20, 2017 Ben C
Sep 20, 2017 Marie Taylor
Sep 20, 2017 Carol Becker That is terrible. In other words you are being discriminated against having a dog or a certain type of dog. Digusted.
Sep 20, 2017 Harvey Marcus There are more important things to be concerned with than dog breed restrictions.
Sep 20, 2017 Jennie Winter
Sep 20, 2017 Sherry Ricketts They deserve the right to have their Animals with causes them emotional stress and pain
Sep 18, 2017 Meghan Croyts

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