ASPCA, NFL Fight Cruelty Toward Dogs

The NFL will debut a new anti-cruelty announcement featuring one of the league’s dog-owning players.

Posted: December 21, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor stars in new public service announcements designed to enhance awareness of animal cruelty and promote the humane treatment of animals. The PSA, a result of the collaboration between the ASPCA and the National Football League, will begin airing on ESPN and the NFL Network on December 22, 2007. It can also be viewed at

The PSA is one more step in the league’s commitment to educate its teams and players about the importance of caring properly for animals. Since June 2007, the NFL has worked with the ASPCA to enhance awareness among players and employees about the humane treatment of animals.

“We applaud the NFL’s commitment to raising awareness of animal cruelty and championing the humane treatment of animals,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO. “In joining our efforts to eradicate animal cruelty, the NFL is sending a strong message to players, fans and the general public — that the mistreatment of animals will not be tolerated and is, in a word, simply unacceptable.”

The public service announcement features Jason Taylor, 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and his Akita of 11 years, Bear. “Jason is one of many players in the league who shares his home with a pet,” said Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner. “We are pleased to be partnering with one of the most respected animal welfare organizations in the world in support of a cause embraced by so many NFL players, and one that is important to millions of Americans.”


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Barbara   Charleston, SC

8/14/2009 9:32:22 AM

I'm appalled that the NFL and the ASPCA would partner for this campaign and then the Eagles allow Vick back to play. Just how strong a message is that? Football should do to Vick what baseball did to Pete Rose. Banned for life.

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K.   Maui, HI

12/23/2007 9:55:29 PM

Good. Glad to hear they're doing something. That was horrible. Shame on him!

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megan   somewherein, OH

12/22/2007 1:38:00 PM


John 3:16

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Donna   Limington, ME

12/22/2007 7:45:52 AM

This is a great thing for the NFL to do, in light of what when on with M. Vick!

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