Kim Kardashian criticized for dressing her pet reptile in her clothing line
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has adopted a bearded dragon and posted about her new pet on Instagram on Wednesday, with her daughter North holding the reptile.
But she was criticized by some for dressing the animal in clothes.
In the post, the reptile is handled by Kardashian’s daughter and is seen wearing a white fur top with a hood and a jewel between its eyes. “Meet the newest member of our family…Speed,” the star wrote.
“I really had no intention of liking Speed the way I do, but it grew inside of me! Speed was really my best friend Allison and we babysat for a week and she never left and it’s been months!
She added, “Speed got a makeover with custom Cozy Skims and even the Lil Uzi jewel (Speed actually got the jewel a few months ago; North always knows what’s going on!). North and his bearded dragon go everywhere together, it’s pretty cute.”
She also shared the post on Twitter with a photo of the lizard, Speed, dressed in her Skims clothing line.
“Wait? Is Speedy wearing custom Skims? I’m crying, [laughing emojis]Skims chief marketing officer Tracy Romulus captioned her Instagram post.
Nearly three million people liked the post, but some were concerned about the reptile’s well-being.
“Stop dressing them, they’re breathing through their skin,” one user said.
Reptile specialist Gary Rolfe of the Reptile Center said The Independent that reptiles need proper care, which does not include wearing designer clothes.
“Bearded dragons make excellent pets for children provided they receive the right care. As they are ‘cold blooded’ (ectothermic), they must keep warm by basking under specialized heat lamps for children. reptiles, not by wearing designer clothes,” Rolfe said.
“That said, bearded dragons are very calm in nature and posing for a quick photo on Instagram won’t cause them any harm as long as they are handled properly.”
PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch said The Independent: “Life in a Hidden Hills mansion isn’t like life in an Australian desert, where bearded dragons love to climb, bask in the sun, cool off underground, and forage for vegetables.
“Now that Kim and North have inherited Speed, we know they’ll want to give her the best home possible, so hopefully they’ll create a spacious, naturalistic environment for her, where she can live like a bearded dragon, not like a toy – and we urge Kim’s supporters never to buy these animals.”
It’s not the first time the reality star has come under fire over animals, after she was pictured riding an elephant in Sumatra, Indonesia in 2018.
The Independent has contacted Kim Kardashian for a response.