NFL: Stop Barbaric Medical Experiments on Animals

Target: Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President National Football League Foundation

Goal: Stop the NFL’s funding of sports injury experiments on animals

America’s National Football League Foundation pays thousands of dollars to universities and private firms to conduct brutal experiments on animals. Dogs, mice, rats, and other animals are repeatedly and intentionally injured before being euthanized. Many animal subjects die before the studies are complete due to the severity of their injuries.

The NFL quietly allocates $10 million yearly for ‘research and education’ purposes. This money supplies grants to prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, University of California Los Angeles, and the University of Pennsylvania, among other schools and laboratories. The money is used for studies which imitate severe and deadly sports injuries on animals and study the effects.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University gave dogs severe knee lesions before killing the dogs and cutting off their legs for study. The University of Gothenburg repeatedly slammed weights into the skulls of live rats in order to cause spinal cord damage, skull fractures, and concussions. Mice had crushing blows delivered to their skulls in order to create brain injuries. The mice and rats who do not die of their injuries could be subject to additional abuse to study the effects of repeated head trauma.

The animals did not receive anesthesia during the process, or any helpful medical treatment afterward. Many of these projects are ongoing, and the manner in which the injuries are delivered provide crude and sometimes inaccurate recreations of the sports injuries in question.

Inflicting pain and damage to animals before putting them to death has no effect on the numbers of players hurt on the field. Medical studies can be conducted on current and retired players who have already sustained the injuries. Your signature will demand that the NFL cease funding the brutalization of animals, especially when humane alternatives are available.


Dear Charlotte Jones Anderson,

The National Football League Foundation spends ten million dollars yearly on grants to universities and private laboratories to conduct sports injury experimentation on live animals. Animals have their knees and skulls beaten in order to imitate effects of injuries frequently sustained by players. The mice, rats, and dogs suffer severe pain and trauma during these experiments, and sometimes die immediately. Those that do not die are eventually euthanized as they are too badly handicapped by the experiments.

I demand the discontinuation of the National Football League Foundation’s funding of animal brutalization. The trauma these animals are subjected to will not prevent additional injuries, and there are plenty of players with existing injuries with whom humane medical research can be conducted.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson via Wikimedia Commons

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