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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

Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 19, 2018 Alanna Maurina
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 Megan Pearlman
Jun 19, 2018 J Trainor
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Devan Krcmaric
Jun 17, 2018 Ilda Johnston
Jun 17, 2018 Theresa Pirkle
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Bertha Nichols
Jun 16, 2018 Lisa West
Jun 12, 2018 Dean LaPorte
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Thomas friedman
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 7, 2018 Anita Carter
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 7, 2018 Linda Millar
Jun 7, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jun 5, 2018 carole MASSENET
Jun 4, 2018 Carl O Connor
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 3, 2018 Sharon Murphy
Jun 3, 2018 Millamaria Vaittinen
Jun 1, 2018 Charlotte Dunnaway
May 31, 2018 T Boettger
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 Stephanie Black-Mcdonald
May 30, 2018 gillard claudine
May 30, 2018 Christina Robertson
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) They wouldn't expect you to not bring one of your children because they didn't like the look of the child so where is the difference. Pets are family, whether they are a dog, cat, snake or whatever. Please stop these restrictions. Dogs are family too.
May 29, 2018 Tom Lahey Let's place the blame where it belongs, with the humans, not the dogs
May 29, 2018 Diane Puso
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 Diani Tirado
May 29, 2018 Ava Piekarski
May 29, 2018 BOUR Claire
May 29, 2018 Clément Bour
May 29, 2018 Roslyn Piegari
May 29, 2018 Eva Cannon Barring animals just because of breed, or the way they look, is cruel and unjust. Animals shouldn't have to be shuffled around from home (or shelter) to home, leaving their loved ones. They are very much creatures of habit and this is very hard on them.
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) How many of you in this organization own dogs?

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