PETA activists storm Crufts dog show floor

Two protestors disrupted the Crufts final on Sunday with a pitch-invasion.

The protest began just as the Best in Show prize was being given to a whippet named Tease. Two activists ran onto the show floor, holding signs that read "Crufts: Canine Eugenics." They were quickly wrestled to the ground by security.

PETA later released footage on Twitter.

In a press statement PETA claimed that the activists were in fact members of Vegan Strike Group, but the protest had been organised by PETA.

PETA said that Crufts glorifies extreme selective breeding, which "puts the animals at a high risk of suffering from a frightening array of painful diseases, birth defects, and congenital health conditions."

They name as examples dachshunds (who often develop disc disease or other back problems), King Charles spaniels (who suffer from a condition called syringomyelia, which essentially means their skulls are too small for their brains), and dogs with "pushed-in" faces, i.e. bulldogs and pugs, which suffer from breathing difficulties.

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A Maltese is prepared for showing during the third day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Women wait to enter the ring with their Yorkshire Terriers during the third day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
A Dalmatian looks at its handler during the third day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
A man sleeps with an Irish Setter during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
An English Setter is judged during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Security guards tackle protesters who entered the show ring during the awarding of the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Security guards tackle protesters who entered the show ring during the awarding of the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
A Chihuahua is shown during the third day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
A Standard Poodle is groomed during the third day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Poodles arrive for the third day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
A woman pets a pair of Bedlington Terriers during the second day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
A man kisses his Bedlington Terrier during the second day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Claudia Kelleway lies with Ruby the Great Dane during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A handler shows an Afghan Hound during the second day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Tease, a Whippet, stands with owner Yvette Short after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Tease, a Whippet, stands with owner Yvette Short after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Tease, a Whippet, stands with owner Yvette Short after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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"The culture of breeding also has wider implications for canine welfare," said PETA, "Because breeders are churning out litter after litter of unhealthy pedigree puppies, thousands of healthy, adoptable dogs in animal shelters are denied their chance at a loving home."

Crufts have recently stated that they're clamping down on congenital health problems, but clearly PETA remains unsatisfied, as to an extent do other organisations. RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said in a statement sent to Mashable:

Crufts released the following statement about the protest.

 

No dogs were harmed.

 

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