Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Tease wins Crufts amid protest at the NEC

Tease wins Crufts amid protest at the NEC

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

The world-famous dog show ended in dramatic fashion last night when the live final was interrupted by two protesters which were wrestled to the ground.

The director of Peta, Elisa Allen, told Mike Graham and Rachel Johnson: "One hates to use the word "freaks", but that is what Crufts has become".

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

"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.

It all kicked off just as the victor, a whippet called Tease owned by Yvette Short, was being announced at the NEC in Birmingham.

The man was led away from the arena
PAThe man was led away from the arena

The man and woman were quickly chased down and tackled by security before being led away to huge applause from the crowd.

"The NEC Group have extensive security procedures in place at Crufts and we, along with the NEC Group, will be reviewing what happened as a matter of urgency".

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

The Crufts organisers, the Kennel Club, said they could not yet confirm if it was some kind of protest.

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

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