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King Charles’ new portrait covered in graffiti by activists at London gallery

King Charles’ new portrait covered in graffiti by activists at London gallery


The first official portrait of King Charles III since his coronation has been covered in posters by activists at a London gallery.

Animal Rising campaigners plastered Wallace and Gromit-themed posters onto the new painting of the monarch, which is currently on public display at the Philip Mould Gallery in London, at around midday on Tuesday.

The group shared a video of two of its supporters pasting the face of the animated character Wallace over Charles’s on the red-hued painting by Jonathan Yeo. They also stuck on a speech bubble, which read in capitals: “No cheese, Gromit. Look at all this cruelty on RSPCA farms!”

The demonstration was aimed at highlighting Animal Rising’s “damning investigation” into 45 RSPCA “assured” farms, the group said.

The King is royal patron of the RSPCA and Animal Rising called on the monarch to suspend his support for the charity.

The demonstration was aimed at highlighting Animal Rising’s ‘damning investigation’ into 45 RSPCA ‘assured’ farms, the group says
The demonstration was aimed at highlighting Animal Rising’s ‘damning investigation’ into 45 RSPCA ‘assured’ farms, the group says (Animal Rising/PA Wire)

Daniel Juniper, a 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.

“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.”

King Charles III unveils artist Jonathan Yeo's portrait of the monarch in the blue drawing room at Buckingham Palace
King Charles III unveils artist Jonathan Yeo’s portrait of the monarch in the blue drawing room at Buckingham Palace (PA)
The portrait is currently on public display at the Philip Mould Gallery in London
The portrait is currently on public display at the Philip Mould Gallery in London (PA)

The report, released by Animal Rising on Sunday, contains findings from investigations on 45 farms across the UK featuring chickens, pigs, salmon, and trout.

It alleges 280 legal breaches and 94 breaches of Defra (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) regulations, with Animal Rising calling on the RSPCA to drop the scheme.

Animal Rising describes itself as a non-violent, people-powered organisation working towards a sustainable future where humanity shares a positive relationship with animals and nature.

The group added the posters can be easily removed without causing damage to the painting.

The Independent has approached the RSPCA for comment.



The article was first published here

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