King Charles' official portrait defaced with Wallace and Gromit cut-out by animal rights activists

Animal Rising activists stick the posters up on portrait
-Credit: (Image: Animal Rising)

King Charles' famous official portrait was defaced by animal rights activists today (June 11). Activists from Animal Rising stuck a picture of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit over the King's face with a speech bubble reading: "No Cheese, Gromit. Look At All This Cruelty On RSPCA Farms!" at about 12pm at the Philip Mould art gallery in London.

Animal Rising released a report on Sunday claiming there was cruelty and suffering at every single one of 45 randomly selected RSPCA Assured farms they claim to have investigated. The report details an alleged 280 legal breaches and 94 breaches of DEFRA regulations, with Animal Rising calling on the RSPCA to drop the scheme.

Daniel Juniper, former Early Years Practitioner and one of those involved, said: "With King Charles being such a big fan of Wallace and Gromit, we couldn't think of a better way to draw his attention to the horrific scenes on RSPCA Assured farms. Even though we hope this is amusing to His Majesty, we also call on him to seriously reconsider if he wants to be associated with the awful suffering across farms being endorsed by the RSPCA.

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A speech bubble from Wallace's mouth reads "No Cheese, Gromit. Look At All This Cruelty On RSPCA Farms!"
A speech bubble from Wallace's mouth reads "No Cheese, Gromit. Look At All This Cruelty On RSPCA Farms!" -Credit:Animal Rising

"Charles has made it clear he is sensitive to the suffering of animals in UK farms; now is the perfect time for him to step up and call on the RSPCA to drop the Assured Scheme and tell the truth about animal farming."

RSPCA responds to criticisms

The RSPCA has responded to the criticisms levelled at them by Animal Rising. A spokesperson said: "We are shocked by this vandalism of His Majesty King, our Patron’s, portrait. We welcome scrutiny of our work, but we cannot condone illegal activity of any kind. Our staff and volunteers work extremely hard rescuing, caring for, and speaking up for animals. Animal Rising’s sustained activity is distracting from our focus on the work that really matters - helping thousands of animals every day.

"We remain confident that our RSPCA Assured scheme is the best way to help farmed animals right now, while campaigning to change their lives in the future. RSPCA higher welfare standards have been independently proven to make lives better for millions of animals every year. It is the difference between a hen spending her life in a cage, or not. A mother pig giving birth in a farrowing crate, or not. Pigs having comfortable bedding to sleep on, or not. It means salmon have compulsory veterinary health welfare plans, and stocking density is half that seen in America. An independent review of RSPCA Assured in 2021 found it was making a positive and significant impact on improving the lives of 136 million animals a year in the UK’.

"However, any concerns about welfare on RSPCA Assured certified farms are taken extremely seriously and RSPCA Assured is acting swiftly to look into these allegations. After receiving the footage on Sunday, RSPCA Assured has launched an immediate, urgent investigation. We have responded openly and transparently to Animal Rising’s challenges to our farming work. While we understand that Animal Rising, like us, want the best for animals, their activity is a distraction and a challenge to the work we are all doing to create a better world for every animal. "

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