If you’ve ever thought it would be OK to leave your pet (or child) in a hot car while you pop into the store, watch this first.
Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu decided to sit in a parked car on a hot summer day to demonstrate just how fast it can get scorching in there. When he first steps inside the vehicle, the air temperature outside is about 32 degrees Celsius. The NFL player almost immediately begins fanning himself off as sweat forms on his shirt.
“This is ultimately what it feels like to be a dog trapped inside of a car on a hot day,” an increasingly wet Mathieu says as he pants for air.
After only four minutes inside the vehicle, the temperature climbs to an unbearable 40 degrees Celsius. PETA, which produced the ad, says that even on a 25-degree day, temperatures can soar past 50 degrees Celsius in just minutes. And that’s exactly what happens to Mathieu at the 8-minute mark, when he can’t take it anymore and has to burst from the vehicle, immediately grasping for a bottle of water.
Of course, dogs and babies don’t have the option to simply exit the vehicle (dogs can’t even sweat, mind you), so the result would have been much more troubling in a real-life scenario. And if you’ve ever wondered why it gets so hot in cars, it’s because of a phenomenon called the greenhouse effect. The sunlight that enters the car through the windows heats the other objects inside of the vehicle. Those objects then re-radiate that same heat out at everything else, turning the whole car into a giant oven.
“If you’re going to make a dog a part of your family, then make him a part of your family,” Mathieu said. “Don’t treat him like you wouldn’t treat someone you cared about or someone you loved.”
In the conditions Mathieu was in, a dog could’ve suffered heat stroke and died in only 15 minutes, according to PETA. Check out the video above.