Animal activists vandalise portrait of King Charles

king charles jonathan yeoHis Majesty King Charles III by Jonathan Yeo 2024

Animal activists have vandalised the new portrait of King Charles at the Philip Mould Gallery.

The group, Animal Rising, pasted a drawing of the head of Wallace, from Wallace & Gromit, over the King’s face.

Thankfully, the painting was not damaged. It is protected by a plastic layer.

They also added a speech bubble saying, “No cheese, Gromit. Look at all this cruelty on RSPCA farms!”

king charles jonathan yeo

His Majesty King Charles III by Jonathan Yeo 2024

The vegan activists are upset with the treatment of animals by the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). They believe animals on the RSPCA farms are not treated well.

The RSPCA said in a statement that they are “shocked” at the vandalism and that they “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,” according to Time Magazine.

One of the protesters involved, Daniel Juniper, later 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.”

No charges have been pressed on the protestors.

King Charles is the patron of the RSPCA.

The painting in question is the first to be released since Charles became monarch, but it has not been without controversy. Many shared their dislike of the red painting by Jonathan Yeo.

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