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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.

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Images from NFL Foundation-funded head-injury experiment on rats


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.

In addition to these experiments being cruel, studies have shown that they do not accurately replicate the complex injuries sustained by football players, and data and treatments derived from brain-injury experiments on animals have repeatedly failed to help human patients. 

Following the NFL’s $765 million settlement with former football players who suffered head injuries during their professional careers, the league announced that it is allocating $10 million for “research and education.” But continuing to bash in animals’ heads and cripple dogs won’t help prevent and treat injuries sustained by NFL players. It’s time for a new playbook when it comes to advancing the science of treating traumatic injuries.

Please sign Petition.. If its to gruesome to watch, its too gruesome to be happening to helpless animals..


This is barbaric and as said by my friend Daniel Howard-Smith “That’s pretty messed up concussion syndrome is one thing but to forcefully an deliberately hurt animals is unacceptable in my eyes. Man was put on earth to rule over animals but it never said to abuse the rights god gave us. That’s messed up”

We are to protect animals, fend for them and nurture them.. You can never reproduce what would happen to a 250lbs man protected with gear and professional training to a 50lbs dog with fragile bones, or bunny that is smaller than the football they toss. This is the world we live in and its thanks to your silence but you can change the outcome for these little creatures. God gave us the ability to speak for a reason!