Crufts bans Russian exhibitors from its dog show in response to Ukraine invasion Brighton News

Exhibitors who live in Russia will no longer be able to have their dogs compete at the Crufts dog show, the Kennel Club said.

The group, which runs the international dog show, said the decision was made because of the “horrific atrocities witnessed in Ukraine” following the Russian invasion.

Crufts also announced he would be donating £50,000 to help kennel clubs in Ukraine who were “in need”.

In a statement, Tony Allcock OBE, Chairman of the Kennel Club UK, said: “The Kennel Club shares the world’s dismay and devastation at the horrific atrocities witnessed in Ukraine, following the invasion by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and as a result, we recently announced that no exhibitors living in Russia will be allowed to participate in Crufts 2022.

“These actions are a violation of human rights that leave these individuals in our canine community, and beyond fearing for their lives and as an organization focused on animal welfare, our hearts also break for all dogs and animals affected by this invasion.

“We will be donating £25,000 through the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which will be matched by The Trust itself, giving a total of £50,000 to the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), which is able through its network to Kennel Clubs in Ukraine and the neighboring countries of Poland and Hungary, to help breeders, owners and their dogs, who desperately need it.”

What other new Crufts rules are in place?

Other new rules in place at Crufts events include:

  • Judges licensed by the Russian/Belarusian Kennel Federations can no longer judge at Kennel Club shows and events.
  • Entry to all Kennel Club competitions (including and beyond Crufts 2022) will no longer be permitted for those living in Russia and Belarus.
  • Judges and exhibitors are strongly advised not to judge or exhibit at dog events in Russia/Belarus, out of respect for the current situation, and in accordance with government guidelines regarding travel safety and Russian qualifying shows for Crufts 2023 have been retired.
  • The Kennel Club will no longer accept competition license applications from these countries, which allow supervised dogs to compete at shows.

  • Licensed shows and events will be strongly advised to no longer allow exhibitors residing in Russia/Belarus to their shows, applying the right to refuse entry regulations.
  • Import and export registrations to Russia and Belarus will be refused.

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