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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!

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 22, 2018 shirley irwin
Jul 22, 2018 Christian Lindberg
Jul 22, 2018 Terry Hubbard Temperament test the dogs, don't discriminate because a breed.
Jul 22, 2018 Enid Breakstone
Jul 22, 2018 Sara Steere
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2018 Marti Rosner Please end the breed ban. Too many breeds through the years have had their day as biters, and it's not right to base a restriction on breed alone.
Jul 22, 2018 nancy drake
Jul 22, 2018 Penelope DeCoster Please end breed discrimination! It's time...
Jul 22, 2018 Fran Lowell
Jul 22, 2018 cindy bernard
Jul 22, 2018 Marilyn Pom
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
Jul 21, 2018 Ketra Bock Please do not discriminate against dog breeds, I've had 2 pit bulls that were wonderful and loving. It depends entirely on how well they are treated, and how they are raised.
Jul 21, 2018 Bonnie LeVasseur I understand being cautious, but banning certain breeds across the board with no indication that they will be a problem may not be the way to handle this.
Jul 21, 2018 Teresa Barquet
Jul 21, 2018 Debbie Stanton
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Ridiculous to restrict any animal on looks and breed only.
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Individual dogs have individual temperments please consider the dog & it's family not the breed. one of the sweetest dogs I ever knew was a red nosed pit... its how she was raised & treated that made her a LOVE
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 V Dziwak 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! IMMEDIATELY IMMEDIATELY DO AWAY with the RCI breed-specific legislation.
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Jill Howe
Jul 21, 2018 Candy Punia
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 inge nespolon
Jul 21, 2018 robert weiss
Jul 21, 2018 donna lee craig
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Staci Sherwood
Jul 21, 2018 brian felts end breed bans EVERYWHERE!!!
Jul 21, 2018 ruth e hill
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Jan cioci
Jul 20, 2018 Barbara Bowers
Jul 20, 2018 Anne Boleyn why were the new companies allowed to arbitrarily change type of breed?
Jul 20, 2018 Patti Fastner
Jul 20, 2018 Cherry Fleming
Jul 20, 2018 Line Grindeland
Jul 20, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
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Jul 20, 2018 kathy drager An animal is as much family as any other member of the family. Hate discrimination!
Jul 20, 2018 Joyce Dumler
Jul 20, 2018 Kat Waterstraat What scientific or properly gathered statistical evidence do you have that shows that a particular dog breed is viscous? Any dog can be viscous if trained to be so or mistreated. These people should be suing you for discrimination.
Jul 20, 2018 Janice Thompson
Jul 20, 2018 C Bradley

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