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

Sergio Conner
March 12, 2018

An intruder at the Crufts dog show was wrestled to the ground as the competition victor was being announced live on television.

Marilyn Baker from Fareham took three-year-old Bearded Collie Braidy to Crufts 2018 at Birmingham's NEC and picked up the Best of Breed award.

PETA have since claimed activists were protesting against breeding practices.

Owner Yvette Short, of Edinburgh, clutched the winning two-and-a-half-year-old whippet bitch, Whippet Ch Collooney Tartan Tease JW, as the commotion unfolded.

Applause broke out as the intruders were removed from the arena floor.

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

In the footage, which was partly captured and aired on Channel 4's live Crufts broadcast, a male protestor holding a placard that read "Crufts canine eugenics", ran into the arena.

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Peta said the intruders were members of the Vegan Strike Group, which bills itself as fighters against animal abuse.

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

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

Thankfully, Tease seemed to get over the shock quickly as she and her owner Yvette posed happily for the camera after finally being handed their well-earned prize. "It's just wonderful", she said.

Milly added: "Shaking for ages after the #Crufts invader".

"Some elements of Crufts are a positive celebration of man's best friend and we enjoy seeing the dogs and their owners coming together to enjoy activities such as agility, flyball and heelwork to music."

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