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‘Hello Kitty’ Inspires Another Smart Idea

Written by PETA | November 4, 2010

What could be better than a “Hello Kitty” wrap around an itty-bitty Smart fortwo car? How about something just as cute and enormously meaningful?

PETA has asked Smart USA to offer our “Hello Doggy” wrap alongside its own Hello Kitty wrap. That way, caring fortwo owners can help save lives by driving home the point that spaying and neutering dogs and cats helps curb the companion animal overpopulation crisis. Additionally, we’ve suggested that Smart USA donate all the proceeds from the Hello Doggy wraps—which would be offered in full and half sizes—to spay-and-neuter programs such as PETA’s “Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please” (SNIP) mobile clinics, which perform hundreds of free and low-cost sterilizations every week in Southeastern Virginia.

As it stands, up to 8 million unwanted animals enter our nation’s animal shelters every year, and approximately half of them are euthanized simply because there aren’t enough good homes. Add to that the countless animals who are abandoned in the streets to starve and suffer from untreated illnesses or injuries from encounters with cars or cruel humans. Still more staggering statistics: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens.

The answer to saving so many lives can be quick, simple, and inexpensive (or even free)—and is as obvious as clicking a seatbelt. Please continue to spread the word that spaying and neutering can help save lives. We’ll let you know if Smart USA compassionately—and smartly—joins our efforts.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Sam Chan says:

    The whole idea of this post is about the “Hello Doggie” program, NOT Smart safety debate. I like that idea, just lukewarm on the design. Perhaps start with a smaller sticker / partial body wrap would be better sell to the Smart president, then progress to a full body wrap as a company supported events showcar (autoshow, showroom display etc.) I have a 10 year old cat and a 2 year old Smart Fortwo. I rather focus on how my cat lives then how she dies, and cat isn’t about homeland security is it? So I rather focus on how the drives then how it crashes, and Smart obviously isn’t about practicality and crumple zone. If you insist on size and safety, get a Hummer with a pet lion.

  • Jeff Miller says:

    So the smart car is better in a crash than a 3/4 ton pickup? I didn’t realize that smart cars were so smart they had figured out a way to break the law of conservation of energy. Do the math, people. The reason the pickup is not energy efficient is because it takes a lot of energy to get that mass moving. I’d bet on the truck in a wreck. Check the insurance tables and your physics textbooks before you give her a hard time. :)

  • T Dawson says:

    Actually, Smart cars (two words) are not the most dangerous cars on the road, in fact they are one of the most technologically advanced with multiple airbags, crumple zones, and 4 star safety ratings…and yes, would be safer in an accident than your Dodge 3/4 pickup. Also they are taller than most small cars, actually most cars in general and about the same width, so the argument that you wouldn’t see them is absolutely ridiculous. Grow up and think before you speak.

  • Rachel Bilardo says:

    Well Meg Schamm, that is kind of selfish. They are very enery-conserving cars and good for the earth!!! :D

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Actually, Smartcars are the most dangerous vehicles on the road because in a crash they just can’t win, regardless of speed. Also they are difficult to see. I drive a 1976 Dodge 3/4 ton pickup, and I cannot see cars that small in my rear view mirror or my side mirrors. I am thinking of getting a sign for my tailgate: IF I CANNOT SEE YOU IN MY MIRRORS YOU DON’T EXIST!!