If your email box is anything like mine, you are approached to sign petitions almost every single day. I am very particular of the causes that I support. I received one the other day that moved me to sign and to share with you here today. Marianna Morris from PetPlan USA Pet Insurance sent me a letter asking me to help spread the word on a major problem.
Leaving your pet in a hot car is not cool. Each year, without fail, innocent pets die in cars due to heat stroke. If you are lucky enough to live where you are getting temperatures in the low 70’s, the temperature in your car can rise to 106˚ in as little as thirty minutes. That is about the time it takes to run into the store to pick up a few items or a restaurant for a quick bite. If you live in a warmer climate, the heat in your car becomes a deathtrap in even less time.
Although there has been a lot of attention and warnings about leaving your pet in the car, 70% of states don’t have any laws that prohibit this act. That means that if you see a pet in a hot car and break the window to retrieve it, you are the one breaking the law! Of course, you can call the police to report the suffering animal, but by the time they arrive on the scene, it may be too late.
That is why PetPlan is petitioning the Obama Administration to encourage all states to enact laws prohibiting animals being left unattended in cars and being exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures. They have until September 2, 2014 to collect 100,000 signatures. This is the amount needed to have it cross President Obama’s desk. Yes, it is a daunting challenge, but with everyone’s help, it is attainable. You can share the following link on social media, blogs, and word of mouth. Please join me in being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Also, love your pet enough to leave them at home in the air conditioning. It could mean the difference between life and death.
Here is the link to the petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/urge-all-states-enact-laws-ban-leaving-animals-alone-cars-during-dangerous-temperatures/JZFXd4KN
Here are some great infographics that Marianna provided; please feel free to share them.
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