Two realizations form in my head upon watching this video of a vet sitting in a hot car for half an hour to simulate the conditions a pet undergoes when you leave them in your Subaru (to go shopping for Chia seeds and gluten-free bread, no doubt): the first is that, wow, it really is miserable for animals inside what amounts to a metal coffin. The other is that this vet has destroyed a valuable forum for discussion by disallowing comments — I wonder why that is?
This video, posted exactly a year ago yesterday, is now mysteriously trending hard on YouTube after the vet sits in a vehicle “with the windows cracked” (so much for that theory) showing that in just 30 minutes, a 94 degree day turns a car into a 117 degree sweatlodge. Just imagine how miserable it is for pets when the temperature outside starts in the triple digits already … or worse are those people who leave their kids in the car to run into the store for “just a second.”
By disallowing comments, sure Dr. Ernie Ward is preventing trolls, but what he’s really doing is shutting down alternative discussion on what is clearly a very hot topic. Probably there’s nothing that can be said that combats his viewpoint, but why not give people the chance?
Here are some other controversial videos that actually invite discussion: