Harrods famed pet department – ‘The Pet Kingdom’ has closed.
The section of the world-renowned department store formerly sold exotic animals such as elephants, alligators, camels and lions when it first opened in 1917. It is rumoured that Beatrice Lillie, the Canadian actress, gave Noël Coward an alligator from the store, and former president Ronald Reagan bought his very own baby elephant.
After the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1976, the Pet Kingdom was prohibited from selling exotic pets and forced to stick to domestic animals. The controversial section of the store has received an increasing amount of criticism from animal charities over the years. Chief executive of the Dog’s Trust, Clarissa Baldwin, told the Telegraph “A pet shop is not an appropriate environment in which to sell puppies and kittens, and our supporters have long expressed their concern about the UK’s most famous department store selling pets.”
A spokesperson from Harrods has said that he closure of the Pet Kingdom will make way for further developments in the Harrods women’s-wear department.