Crufts final 2018: What happened in Best in Show last night? Who were the protestors? | Nature | News

As the winner was announced of this year’s Best in Show, a man rushed onto the show area sending the competitors and Clare Balding into a frenzy.

The intruder who was a PETA protestor hid between Chelsea Pensioners in the audience before raiding the stage.

Boos broke out among the audience and officials were quick to stop the man getting close to any of the dogs and their owners. He appeared to be carrying a sign but was quickly picked up off the ground and hauled away.

Owner Yvette Short, whose Whippet was named Best in Show quickly moved to protect her dog as the protester headed towards them and the coveted trophy.

He was wrestled to the ground by the dog show’s staff and taken away from the arena.

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

As the man ran towards Ms Short she grimaced, picking up the dog and holding the dog close to her.

Host Clare Balding told her: “Well done you for reacting so quickly, your instinct was to protect Tease.”

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