Kennel Club Announces Crufts Canceled Again for 2021 Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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Dog days are over! Kennel Club Announces Crufts Canceled Again for 2021 Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

  • The 27,000-attendee event was scheduled to take place from July 15 to July 18
  • The Kennel Club, which hosts an event, said it made a decision ‘with great regret’
  • Despite the relaxation of restrictions in June, they fear international judges and exhibitors might not be able to attend

The Crufts dog show has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have announced.

The Kennel Club said it decided to cancel the July 15-18 event due to the “continuing uncertainty resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic” and concerns about the safety of the thousands of participants prompted the decision.

It comes despite the fact that the UK government has set a provisional date of June 21 to lift all restrictions on social contact.

The Kennel Club said it had made the decision “ with great regret ” but that it seemed “ extremely unlikely ” that foreign judges and exhibitors could be present ” in light of recent announcements and the emergence of a third wave of coronavirus. Europe. ‘

It is the first time that the annual event has been canceled since 1954.

Maisie the Wire Haired Dachshund and Gloucestershire owner Kim McCalmont celebrate after winning Best in Show on the final day of Crufts Dog Show last year

Maisie the Wire Haired Dachshund and Gloucestershire owner Kim McCalmont celebrate after winning Best in Show on the final day of Crufts Dog Show last year

A man is hugged by a Great Dane on the third day of last year's Crufts dog show.  This year's event has been canceled

A man is hugged by a Great Dane on the third day of last year's Crufts dog show.  This year's event has been canceled

A man is hugged by a Great Dane on the third day of last year’s Crufts dog show. This year’s event has been canceled

The next edition of the four-day show, featuring some 27,000 dogs, is now scheduled for March 2022.

Tom Mather, Crufts chairman, said in a statement: “ We are very disappointed to have had to cancel Crufts for the first time since 1954, in what would have been the 130th anniversary year, and it is a decision we have not taken lightly taken. . ‘

Organizers said they’ve been questioning dog lovers in recent weeks and found that 63 percent felt uncomfortable attending an indoor event.

Italian Spinone dogs waiting to be displayed on Day 2 of the Cruft dog show at the NEC Arena on March 6, 2020

Italian Spinone dogs waiting to be displayed on Day 2 of the Cruft dog show at the NEC Arena on March 6, 2020

Italian Spinone dogs waiting to be displayed on Day 2 of the Cruft dog show at the NEC Arena on March 6, 2020

A woman sits with two Komondor dogs on the third day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham last year

A woman sits with two Komondor dogs on the third day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham last year

A woman sits with two Komondor dogs on the third day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham last year

The dog show was one of the last major public events to take place in Britain in early March last year, as fears of virus cases rose. It took place at the NEC Exhibition Center in Birmingham in central England.

The Kennel Club had previously postponed this year’s event from March to July.

The show, which was first held in 1891, has been canceled three times before: for World Wars I and II and due to strikes by electricians in 1954.

Last year, Crufts said registrations for dogs had fallen due to uncertainty about animal entry rules during the Brexit transition period.

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