People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched a new campaign today against animal experiments that the organization says are being funded by the National Football League (NFL).
PETA states on their website, “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.”
According to PETA, these tests involve horrific cruelty including “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.”
The animal rights organization claims that studies have shown these tests on animals do not accurately replicate sports injuries in humans, and brain injury experiments on animals have proven unsuccessful in helping human patients.
The NFL recently reached a $765 million settlement over brain injuries sustained by players, $10 million of which may be going to fund these tests. According to NBC news, that settlement includes $675 million going to a compensation fund, $75 million going to medical exams, and $10 million to research and education.
PETA, which says “it’s time for a new playbook when it comes to advancing the science of treating traumatic injuries,” is urging people to help by contacting NFL officials and ask that funding go to cruelty-free, non-animal testing alternatives instead. They provide a pre-written letter form to send to the NFL.