Animal Rights Protesters Damage King’s Portrait in London Gallery Vandalism

Animal Rights Protesters Damage King's Portrait in London Gallery Vandalism

London (Parliament News) – Animal Rising protesters vandalized a portrait of King Charles at a London gallery, replacing his face with Wallace from “Wallace and Gromit,” protesting against RSPCA-assured farms. They demand RSPCA action.

Animal Rising protesters have damaged a new portrait of King Charles at the Philip Mould Gallery in central London. The demonstrators plastered the front of an animated character from Wallace and Gromit in a protest attacking the RSPCA.

Animal Rising disseminated a video of campaigners pasting Wallace’s face over Charles’s and adding an address bubble to the painting by Jonathan Yeo. The speech bubble read in capitals: “No cheese, Gromit. Look at all this cruelty on RSPCA farms!” The painting is on public display at the Philip Mould Gallery in London in Pall Mall, St James’s.

Why Did Animal Rising Target the RSPCA at the Gallery?

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

Daniel Juniper, one of those concerned, 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. “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.”

Are RSPCA-Assured Farms Facing Legitimate Criticism?

The group is seeking to raise awareness for their recent examination into 45 RSPCA Assured farms where they allegedly discovered 280 legal breaches and 94 violations of DEFRA regulations. The activists claim to have discovered animal cruelty and suffering at each farm, including alleged scenes of destroyed and dying baby chickens, dead pigs left in ranch walkways, and salmon being eaten alive by sea lice.

Animal Rising spokesman Orla Coghlan stated: “Just as Feathers McGraw fooled Wallace into a bank heist, the RSPCA has been fooling the British public into believing their factory farms are – in any way – an adequate place for animals to live. It’s clear from the locations across 45 RSPCA Assured farms that there’s no kind way to farm animals.

“The RSPCA needs to take a bolder stance on the transition to a plant-based food system, beginning with calls for drastic meat reduction. The charity can, once again, lead the way for animals in the UK, rather than keeping them in misery.”

Renowned artist Yeo was designated in 2020 to celebrate the then-Prince of Wales’s 50 years as a partner of The Drapers’ Company. The painting shows the royal wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards, of which he was created Regimental Colonel in 1975.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.