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Animal Rights Activists Storm Crufts Final As Protest Against Extreme Breeding

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Doreen the Irish Red and White Setter licks owner Graham Bayne during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham

The victor of this year's Crufts dog show has said protesters who stormed the arena at the end of the competition are "silly people".

"It's just an unbelievable feeling, absolutely fantastic and it's going to take some time to sink in", Yvette said.

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

Dog owner Yvette Short, 52, from Bonnyrigg in Midlothian, was captured live on TV carrying the two-and-a-half-year-old dog to safety as guards sought to tackle the activists.

Mike pointed out that ending Crufts wouldn't stop the breeding of dogs but Allen said "we see people watching Crufts and they decide that they want to acquire one of these beautiful-looking dogs".

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

The crowd booed before breaking into applause as he was taken away.

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

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".

"Our main priority at the moment is the wellbeing of the dogs that were in the ring, who are looked after by their owners and show officials".

It said there were two intruders and named them as members of the Vegan Strike Group, which bills itself as fighters against animal abuse.

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