When Tyrann Mathieu played football at Louisiana State University, he was known as the Honey Badger, but not even the most fearless member of the animal kingdom (or of the 2011 Tigers defense) can handle sitting inside a car on a hot day.
As part of a public service announcement, Mathieu took a challenge from PETA to see what it would feel like to be a dog that was left in a vehicle when the outside temperature was a steamy 90 degrees Fahrenheit. After two minutes in the car, the Arizona Cardinals star was already sweating and waving his hands in front of his face. After four minutes, the temperature inside the vehicle was 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and by the eight minute mark, a weak looking Mathieu let himself out.
The video, posted to YouTube by PETA earlier this week, was a simple one, but its message was powerful – being left in a car can quickly become dangerous or even life-threatening to your pets.
“If you’re going to make a dog a part of your family, then make him a part of your family,” Mathieu says in the PSA. “Don’t treat him like you wouldn’t treat someone you cared about or someone you loved.”