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According To PETA, The NFL Is Funding Inhumane Animal Experiments

PETA doesn’t deal in the soft approach: they prefer the hammer, as seen in this fun logo here (seen in full below). While this could be interpreted as “snitches get stitches” (appropriate for Roger Goodell), that’s not what the animal rights group had in mind.

PETA says that the NFL is funding animal cruelty.

From their press release:

For years, the National Football League Foundation, formerly known as NFL Charities, has quietly funded horrific and deadly sports-injury experiments on dogs, mice, rats, and other animals at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California–Los Angeles, the University of Notre Dame, and other schools and private laboratories.

These projects, many of which are ongoing, are crudely designed to recreate injuries on the football field. They have involved inflicting severe knee injuries on dogs, after which the animals are killed and have their legs cut off; repeatedly slamming heavy weights into rats’ heads to create brain and spinal cord injuries and skull fractures; and cutting open the heads of mice and delivering crushing blows to cause traumatic brain injuries. Many animals have even died during the studies because of the severe injuries that they sustained.

PETA claims to have photos of one such experiment on a rat, which is repeatedly being bashed in the skull with a metal bar. It’s in GIF form here. PETA says this was part of an NFL Foundation-funded brain trauma experiment.


Please send polite e-mails to NFL officials urging them to stop funding cruel and wasteful experiments on animals and instead support more humane and relevant non-animal research methods, such as in vitro and in silico studies and clinical research with current and former NFL players.

This may come as unsettling news to many NFL players — especially the part about killing dogs. PETA has a long association with many athletes who have spoken up in their ads against animal cruelty. There are many dog lovers in that group (see slide show below).

Indeed, in addition to the NFL’s recent $765 million settlement with former players who have suffered head injuries, the league has said that it is allocating $10 million for “research and education.”

Exactly what research is that? Does it include whacking animal skulls to try and simulate the 49ers’ pass rush? Because that seems pointless and cruel.

  • Lisa Clark-kahn

    Oh yuck this is disgusting,i will email them right away.How pathetic how cruel and what a waste of money.

  • Starla

    Disgusting! Stop these barbaric animal tests NOW!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not doubting the validity of PETA’s claim, but I’d like to see some evidence. This is the first I’ve heard of animal cruelty coming from within the NFL… other than at the hands of Michael Vick.

  • rick

    Michael vick picked put the charity

  • Erik

    My question is where is the evidence and why would a multi billion dollar business do something not only this stupid but reckless. I believe this is PETA again trying to libel another business with some unproven and nonsensical report. Good job proving this PETA also good luck with the NFL’s legal representation. The NFL seems like a company that you probably should antagonize with an unfound hypocritical rumor.

  • Jewels Baker

    It’s true Eric face it!

  • Pam Guss

    What motive would PETA have to spend all this time and effort to go after the NFL on animal experimentation without the evidence?

  • angry

    BELIEVE IT! horrible money hungry NFL.

  • Steve Becker

    Why don’t you F O stupid?

  • Steve Becker

    OMG are you really that stupid?

  • Pam Guss

    No, but you must be if you think you’re adding anything to the conversation.

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