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UK animal rights activists target king’s portrait

By AFP
June 12, 2024
This photo released by Animal Rising shows activists pasting a picture of the character Wallace from the Wallace and Gromit comedy series over a portrait of Britains King Charles III at the Philip Mould Gallery in London, on Tuesday, June 11. — Animal Rising
This photo released by Animal Rising shows activists pasting a picture of the character Wallace from the "Wallace and Gromit" comedy series over a portrait of Britain's King Charles III at the Philip Mould Gallery in London, on Tuesday, June 11. — Animal Rising

LONDON: Protestors on Tuesday covered an official portrait of King Charles III with the face of the eccentric, cheese-loving animation character Wallace to campaign for better animal welfare on farms.

In a video shared by Animal Rising, two campaigners are seen sticking an image of Wallace on top of Charles´s face and a speech bubble at a London gallery.

Activists said the protest was aimed at raising awareness about practices at Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) certified farms.

Jonathan Yeo´s striking red portrait of Charles is on display at the Philip Mould Gallery in London, after being unveiled by the king himself last month.

The speech bubble pasted on Charles, who is an RSPCA patron, read: “No cheese, Gromit. Look at all this cruelty on RSPCA farms!” in a reference to Wallace´s faithful canine companion.

Animal Rising said the action was aimed at bringing attention to the group´s “damning investigation” into 45 RSPCA assured farms, referring to those establishments covered by the body´s scheme for maintaining animal welfare standards. “The lighthearted act played on the king´s love of Wallace and Gromit and his status as Royal Patron” of the RSPCA, the group said in a post on X.

“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,”, said Daniel Juniper, who was involved in the stunt, according to the post.