Former advice had been to take your pet inside to keep it warm, but animal rights activists are now suggesting the best way to keep animals warm is to bury them in snow.
Over the weekend a massive snowstorm blasted the east coast, leaving feet of snow from Georgia to Maine, so the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is getting the message out. A message on the organization’s Facebook page said, “Remember, there’s no better way to keep animals warm than to wrap them in nature’s insulator. Bury them in snow so they can stay warm.”
Snow has been used as an insulator for millennia. Ancient peoples have long built igloos, houses built of snow, to keep warm during winter storms. It was such a good insulator that some Canadian home builders have recently experimented with using snow as an insulator, since temperatures in Canada rarely get above -12°C (10°F).
This is not just coming from the ASPCA. Other animal rights groups are seconding the advice. “No animal should live inside,” D∆WN Richard, spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said. “And it’s cruel to confine an animal to your house. Keep it wild but keep it warm. Bury them in the snow.”
Snow in much of the country is expected to melt by Wednesday, and animals typically get free by themselves. Those that don’t are simply lost to time, following survival of the fittest.