Last night the winner of Crufts 2018 ‘Best in Show’ was announced as Collooney Tartan Tease, a Whippet.
Tease was brought to the podium by his handler Yvette Short from Edinburgh. They joined the ‘Reserve Best in Show’ Chilli, a Pointer. It was the first time that ‘Reserve Best in Show’ was announced before ‘Best in Show’.
But the celebrations were cut short when a group of animal activists from PETA ran into the stage of the NEC Arena in Birmingham, carrying placards saying ‘Crufts: Canine Eugenics’.
Yvette reacted quickly, picking up two-year-old Tease and running to safety as security rushed on to stop the two demonstrators.
A spokesperson for Crufts issued this statement:
“It appears that protestors 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. Our main priority at the moment is the wellbeing of the dogs that were in the ring, who are being looked after by their owners and show officials. 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.”
PETA tweeted the footage and said the activists were protesting against “extreme breeding”.