Dogs Monthly, along with the Kennel Club (KC) and Dogs Trust, applauds Harrods’ plan to close its Pet Kingdom department. Long-time campaigners for the closure of pet shops that sell puppies, the KC and Dogs Trust have pointed to the inability of these shops to cater properly for the needs of pups while also encouraging puppy farming, where dogs are often bred in poor conditions.
KC secretary Caroline Kisko said she is thrilled by Harrods’ decision and hopes it will prompt the closure of other pet shops. “[We] would very much like to see all stores which sell puppies follow suit, as the sale of dogs in pet shops can unfortunately encourage puppy farmers.”
Dogs Trust Chief Executive Clarissa Baldwin agreed, noting that 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.”