Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Crufts winner's ceremony interrupted live on TV by animal rights protestors

Crufts winner's ceremony interrupted live on TV by animal rights protestors

In a moment of quick thinking, Yvette grabbed her prize dog to protect her from the chaos, as security guards tackled the intruders.

"It's just an unbelievable feeling, absolutely wonderful and it's going to take some time to sink in", Yvette said.

An intruder in the showring was wrestled to the ground by security officers after the victor was announced.

Short was seen running away from the commotion with her two-and-a-half-year-old pooch in her arms.

The best in show award was the culmination of the four-day event, which attracted nearly 21,000 competitors, Crufts said.

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

PROCEEDINGS at the annual Crufts dog show were interrupted last night as animal rights protesters stormed the stage on live TV.

The crowd booed before breaking into applause as he was taken away.

Peta UK later tweeted a clip of the invasion and claimed activists were protesting against extreme breeding and carrying banners which said "Crufts: Canine Eugenics".

A spokesperson for Crufts told the Metro: "It appears that protesters from PETA gained unauthorised access to the ring in the main arena at Crufts, and in doing so scared the dogs and put the safety of both dogs and people at risk in a hugely irresponsible way".

"Breeding pedigree dogs in abnormal shapes and sizes leaves them with genetic predispositions to epilepsy, heart disease, deafness, hip dysplasia, and numerous other health problems", it said, citing particular problems among bulldogs and pugs.

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

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