The bad times are over! The Kennel Club announces that Crufts will be canceled again for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic
- The event with 27,000 participants was to take place from July 15th to 18th
- The Kennel Club, which is organizing the event, said it made the decision “with deep regret”.
- Despite the restrictions eased in June, they fear that international judges and exhibitors will not be able to participate
The organizers have announced that the Crufts dog show has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Kennel Club said it had decided to cancel the event, scheduled for July 15-18 The “continuing uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic” and concerns about the safety of thousands of participants had prompted the decision.
This is happening despite the UK government setting a tentative date of June 21st to lift all restrictions on social contact.
The Kennel Club said it made the decision “with deep regret” but it was “extremely unlikely” that overseas judges and exhibitors could attend, given recent announcements and the emergence of a third wave of coronavirus in Europe. ‘
It is the first time since 1954 that the annual event has been canceled.
Maisie the Wire Haired Dachshund and owner Kim McCalmont from Gloucestershire celebrate after winning Best in Show on the last day of the Crufts Dog Show last year
A man is hugged by a Great Dane dog on the third day of the Crufts dog show last year. This year’s event has been canceled
The next edition of the four-day exhibition with around 27,000 dogs is now planned for March 2022.
Tom Mather, Chairman of Crufts, said in a statement: “We are very disappointed that we had to cancel Crufts for the first time since 1954, in its 130th anniversary year, and it is a decision we did not take lightly. ‘
Organizers said they had surveyed dog enthusiasts in the past few weeks and found that 63 percent felt uncomfortable attending an indoor event.
Italian Spinone dogs are waiting to be shown at the NEC Arena on the second day of the Cruft Dog Show on March 6, 2020
A woman sits with two Komondor dogs on day three of last year’s Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham
The dog show was one of the last major public events held in the UK in early March last year as fears about virus cases increased. It took place at the NEC exhibition center in Birmingham, Central England.
The Kennel Club had previously postponed this year’s event from March to July.
The show, which first took place in 1891, has already been canceled three times: for World War I, World War II and due to strike actions by electricians in 1954.
Last year, Crufts said the number of dog admissions had decreased due to uncertainty about the rules for animal entry during the Brexit transition period.