Crufts: Someone Invaded The Stage As Tease The Whippet Was Crowned Winner

  • Crufts: Someone Invaded The Stage As Tease The Whippet Was Crowned Winner

Crufts: Someone Invaded The Stage As Tease The Whippet Was Crowned Winner

Yvette Short, from Edinburgh, grabbed two-year-old whippet Tease as the protesters were wrestled to the ground amid boos from the audience.

An animal rights protestor sparked a security scare at the Crufts dog show after running on to the stage as the victor was announced on live television.

The male intruder appeared to be carrying a banner which was emblazoned with the name of the animal rights group Peta, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Crufts blamed the incident on animal rights group PETA and accused the man of putting the competitors' safety at risk.

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

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

An estimated 22,000 dogs visited the NEC during the four-day event, with a record 3,623 four-legged-friends from 49 countries vying for the chance to win the coveted Best in Show.

PETA UK tweeted a clip of the stage invasion a few hours later, claiming activists were protesting against "extreme breeding". Two activists ran onto the show floor, holding signs that read "Crufts: Canine Eugenics".

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

Host Clare Balding told her: "Well done you for reacting so quickly, your instinct was to protect Tease".

"I've won this level something like 31 times, so I thought they would be sick of choosing the same dog but I'm so happy Logan has done it", she said. Well done to security for tackling the intruder and the victor for grabbing her dog and running away, pure love.