King Charles' new portrait vandalised by animal rights protestors as they demand action

King Charles' new portrait vandalised by animal rights protestors as they demand action

A recent portrait of King Charles which raised eyebrows due to it's striking red colour has been defaced by two eco-activists from the group Animal Rising.

The protestors vandalised the boldly coloured artwork at London's Philip Mould Gallery, using stickers to reshape the monarch's face in the style of Wallace from Aardman Animations popular claymation series 'Wallace and Gromit'.

Alongside this unorthodox transformation was a speech bubble decrying animal cruelty on farms accredited by the RSPCA: "No Cheese, Gromit. Look At All This Cruelty On RSPCA Farms! "

Animal Rising said its protest was to raise awareness of the reported abuses at 45 RSPCA Assured farms, the Express reports.

These activists have publicly urged the King, a known fan of Wallace and Gromit, to end his support for the charitable organisation due to these allegations.

Animal rising have vandalised a portrait of King Charles
Members of the Animal Rising group called for the King to take action against 45 reports of abuse at RSPCA Assured farms as they vandalised the portrait with Wallace and Gromit stickers -Credit:Animal Rising

Their actions were described as playful but carried a serious message by Daniel Juniper, a former Early Years Practitioner who participated in the stunt.

Juniper stated: "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! "

Juniper also appealed directly to the monarch: "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."

The contentious painting of King Charles, by acclaimed contemporary artist Jonathan Yeo, had only been unveiled last month before it became the target of this demonstrative defacement.

Chris Packham, President of the RSPCA, has urged the charity to suspend the scheme and adopt a stronger stance to safeguard animals.

The King's portrait which was unveiled last month was created by contemporary artist Jonathan Yeo -Credit:Getty
The King's portrait which was unveiled last month was created by contemporary artist Jonathan Yeo -Credit:Getty

He said: "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."

A report, unveiled by Animal Rising on Sunday, includes investigations from 45 farms throughout the UK - encompassing chickens, pigs, salmon, and trout.

The farms were chosen at random, with investigators uncovering cruelty and suffering at each one. The scenes depict dead and dying chicks, deceased pigs left in farm walkways, and salmon being devoured alive by sea lice.

The report outlines an alleged 280 legal violations and 94 breaches of DEFRA regulations, with Animal Rising urging the RSPCA to abandon the scheme.

Orla Coghlan, Former Children's Nurse and spokesperson for Animal Rising stated: "Just as Feathers McGraw fooled Wallace into a bank heist, the RSPCA has been fooling the British public into thinking their factory farms are - in any way - an acceptable place for animals to live.

"It's clear from the scenes across 45 RSPCA Assured farms that there's no kind way to farm animals."

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