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

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

Security guards quickly took the intruder down at the NEC Birmingham.

PETA has claimed responsibility for the demonstration, calling for an end to "extreme breeding".

Sally Simpson echoed the sentiments: "Absolute credit to the woman in Crufts who protected her dog before she even thought of herself with the stage intruder".

"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. Here's the lowdown on what went down during the awards ceremony last night.

Tease, the Whippet, with owner Yvette Short after she was named Supreme Champion at Crufts 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham tonight.

AFTER attending competitions for almost 40 years, an owner and her dog scooped a prize at Crufts.

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has said it organised the protest with two activists from the Vegan Strike Group.

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England declared Stokes available once more only after he pleaded not guilty at Bristol Magistrates Court in February. Stokes, 26, wearing a grey shirt, said "hi judge" when he was introduced to Judge Peter Blair QC via the video link.

Ms Short quickly grabbed Tease as several men ran down and cornered the protester in front of a startled live audience.

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

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

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".

Activists were also seen carrying banners, reading: "Crufts: Canine Eugenics".

"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".

The NEC Group will review security procedures as a "matter of urgency" after the drama was aired live on Channel 4.


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