WAGS Star Demonstrates the Dangers of Leaving Dogs in Parked Cars—Even for Just a Minute—in New PETA Video
For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2020
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – In the wake of a new heat record, WAGS star Nicole Williams-English is putting herself in a dog’s place for a new PETA video that reveals what happens to the dozens of animals who suffer from heatstroke and die after being left in parked cars every summer.
The video starts off as a makeup tutorial—but the parked car that she’s in quickly grows too hot for Williams-English to continue, and she starts to sweat, gasp for air, and panic when she realizes that she’s trapped inside.
“You may think a 70-degree day feels cool, but the temperature inside a car can soar to 99 degrees in less than 20 minutes,” she explains in the video. “And it can take even less time than that for animals to sustain brain damage or even die of heatstroke. It does not matter if you’re parked in the shade, leave the windows cracked, or are only gone for five minutes.”
Dogs can’t sweat and primarily cool themselves by panting, so they’re at greater risk of suffering from heatstroke than humans are. Twenty-seven animals have died this year from heat-related causes, and those are only the deaths that have been reported—most aren’t.
Williams-English is part a long list of celebrities—including Joanna Krupa, Bethenny Frankel, Adriana de Moura, and Tinsley Mortimer—who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals. The group—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.