Urge the National Football League to Stop Testing Injuries on Animals

NFL animal testing

Target: Roger Goodell, CEO of the National Football League

Goal: Stop the National Football League from testing potential combat injuries on animals

The National Football League (NFL) has been discretely testing potential sports related injuries on animals. The NFL believes that in order to understand the risks of head and body injuries, they need to test the specific blows on rats, dogs and other animals. Human and animal anatomies are not similar enough for these tests to be an effective representation of injury risks. The NFL needs to adapt to more humane and beneficial methods of testing sports related injuries.

The injuries that the tested animals sustain are often life-threatening. Heavy weights are continually forced onto rats’ heads, creating brain and spinal cord injury. Dogs are hit with intense force in the knees before their legs are cut off. The experiments even go so far as to cut open a critter’s skull to traumatize the brain in order to study brain reactions to injury. All of these horrific experiments could be eliminated and replaced with digital trials that are more similar to those found on the playing field.

Many former NFL players have reached a settlement with the organization for their career related injuries. Due to this settlement the NFL has promised to dedicate 10 million dollars to ‘research and education’; inform the NFL that making animals endure these injuries does nothing for furthering knowledge about football injuries. Sign this petition today.


Dear Roger Goodell, CEO of the National Football League,

I am deeply troubled to learn that the NFL forces animals to endure injuries to further football injury education. Dogs, mice, rats and other animals are forced to sustain spinal, neck, knee and brain injuries, along with complete disembodiment of limbs until they die. These procedures do not contribute to advancements in football injury knowledge; forcing these animals to endure these cruelties is inhumane and vile.

Please consider how different the anatomies of humans and animals are. The forced injuries on these animals are not an accurate representation of how the same injuries will affect humans. There are not enough similarities for this diabolical practice to continue. Studies have shown that data gathered from animal brain injuries do not relate to, or help to treat, brain injuries sustained by humans.

I understand that the NFL is in the process of developing further research to appease former players with debilitating injuries. I urge you to reconsider the use of animals for these developments. There are many medical practice options that will not harm another creature, such as life-like digital reenactments and deceased humans who have donated their bodies to science. Please do not harm or kill any more animals in the NFL. Be a positive representation of our country, and the American people’s beloved sport.


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