March 23, 2018

Crufts protester wrestled to floor after invading arena

13 March 2018, 10:54 | Taylor George

GETTY CHAOS Activists stormed the event at Birmingham's NEC

Crufts protesters

Visitors learnt about 200 different breeds at the Discover Dogs zone, crossbreeds competed for the Scruffts crown and the Friends for Life event reminded people about the truly inspiring and unique stories that show dogs at their absolute best.

This protester was carried off by security guards as crowds applauded his removalHow is Best in Show victor Tease doing after the scare?

An intruder stormed the stage at the annual dog show last night, just as the winner's name was being announced on live television.

"We are not sure what we are going to do with the dog yet as she's only two-and-a-half, so we'll see when we get home".

"It's a beauty pageant and I think we can pretty much understand that that's wrong".

But the finale descended into chaos as placard-waving animal rights protesters ran onto the arena floor while the Best in Show trophy was being awarded.

Yvette Short with her two-year-old whippet Tease
GETTY CHAMP Yvette Short with her two-year-old whippet Tease

The crowd broke into applause as the intruder was taken away.

Crufts and the NEC have said they will urgently review security measures.

PETA UK later posted a clip of the incident on Twitter and claimed activists were protesting against extreme breeding and carrying banners which said Crufts: Canine Eugenics.

According to reports, the activists were from Vegan Strike Group - which campaigns against animal abuse - working with animal rights charity PETA.

A Crufts spokesperson said the intruders "scared the dogs and put the safety of both dogs and people at risk in a hugely irresponsible way".

"Our main priority at the moment is the wellbeing of the dogs that were in the ring, who are being looked after by their owners and show officials".

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