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

Crufts final invaded by Peta animal rights protesters

PETA have since claimed activists were protesting against breeding practices.

"Crufts is a celebration of everything that's wrong with dog-breeding".

Intruders disrupted the live broadcast of the Crufts dog show as the top prize was awarded.

One of the two protesters brandished a sign saying "Crufts: Canine Eugenics" after disturbing the event while the victor (a two-year-old whippet bitch called Tease with human companion Jill Peak) was being announced.

"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.

The male intruder, who appeared to be carrying a banner which had the name of the animal rights group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on it, was quickly wrestled to the ground.

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Owner Yvette Short, of Edinburgh, grabbed her two-and-a-half-year-old whippet Tease, as several men cornered the protester.

In a post on its blog page, PETA wrote that the protest was organised because: "Crufts glorifies canine eugenics, rewarding breeders for producing dogs with "ideal" physical traits with little or no regard for their welfare".

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

"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".

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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