PETA claimed responsibility for the the disturbance which was shown live on Channel 4, where two protesters ran into the NEC Birmingham objecting to breeding. They held signs which read: “Crufts: Canine Eugenics”.
Yvette Short from Edinburgh protected her winning pooch, two-year-old Whippet Tease as the protesters were wrestled to the ground by security.
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”.
The PETA UK Twitter account tweeted: “#Crufts encourages the extreme breeding of deformed and disabled dogs. Many spend their whole lives in pain because breeders are obsessed with these “ideal” physical traits 💔 http://petauk.org/cruftsiswrong.”
No dogs were harmed during the incident.