Federal Realty Investment Trust Nabs PETA Award for Hot Car Warning Signs

For Immediate Release:
June 14, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Rockville, Md. – A Compassionate Business Award is on its way from PETA to locally based Federal Realty Investment Trust for designing warning signs about the dangers of leaving dogs and children in parked cars and installing them across its more than 100 properties nationwide, following discussions with PETA.

“Temperatures inside a parked car soar to dangerous levels in just minutes, so even a ‘quick errand’ can turn deadly for a dog or a child locked inside,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “By answering PETA’s call for warning signs, Federal Realty may save countless vulnerable lives.”

Last year, the heat-related deaths of 31 dogs made the news—and countless more suffered and died out of the public eye. Anyone who sees a dog or a child in a parked vehicle should take down its color, make, model, and license plate number and have the store page the owner—if they can’t be found, call the local humane authorities or the police. And if they’re unresponsive, do whatever it takes to save the animal’s life. PETA offers an emergency window-breaking hammer for intervening in life-or-death situations.

Federal Realty Investment Trust will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan chocolates.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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