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Animal Rights Activists Target New King Charles Portrait

The first official portrait of King Charles III received an unexpected makeover at around 12:00 local time today, June 11, when two animal rights protesters accessed the painting at the Philip Mold Gallery in London and They pasted a sticker depicting Wallace from the stop-motion animated series. wallace and gromit on the face of the monarch.

The two protesters, Daniel Juniper and Ben Thomas, are part of the group Animal Rising, whose aim was to draw attention to their latest report denouncing the terrible conditions of livestock and fish on several farms in the United Kingdom.

Since the stickers were applied with a roller and a water-based adhesive, there was no paint damage or stoppages. Hyperallergic has contacted artist Jonathan Yeo and Philip Mold Gallery for comment.

Accompanying the Wallace sticker was a speech bubble that said “No cheese, Gromit. Look at all this cruelty on RSCPA farms!”, referring to alleged cases of animal cruelty on 45 farms supported by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), an animal welfare charity operating in England and Wales. The report alleges “animal suffering on every farm” investigated over a four-month period, ranging from overcrowding, neglect and mishandling to animals left for dead or decomposing on site.

With King Charles III as patron of the RSPCA, Juniper said in a statement: “While we hope this is fun for Her Majesty, we also ask that you seriously reconsider whether you want to be associated with the terrible suffering being experienced on farms. endorsed by the RSPCA.”

“Now is the perfect time for (Charles) to come forward and call on the RSPCA to abandon the Assured Plan and tell the truth about animal farming,” Juniper continued.

A view of the “Royal Redecoration” after the stickers were placed on the portrait glass.

Rhea Nayyar (she/her) is a New York-based teaching artist who is passionate about elevating minority perspectives within the academic and publishing spheres of the art world. Rhea received BFA from her in Visual… More from Rhea Nayyar

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