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Animal rights activists vandalised the new portrait of King Charles at the Philip Mould gallery in London this afternoon.

Two protestors stuck Wallace and Gromit stickers taking aim at the RSPCA on top of Jonathan Yeo’s red-hued oil painting. 

A poster of Wallace’s face was pasted over the top of the King’s face, while a speech bubble reading “No Cheese, Gromit. Look At All This Cruelty On RSPCA Farms!’ was placed further down. 

But the gallery has confirmed that there has been no damage to the portrait, as it was protected by a layer of perspex.

Animal Rising immediately took responsibility for the stunt and said two supporters entered the London Gallery at around midday to vandalise the portrait. 

The demonstration was aimed at highlighting the group’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.

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.”

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 portrait of the King went on display on May 16 and will be removed from the Philip Mould gallery on Friday, before it is moved to Drapers’ Hall. 

The bold painting marked the first official portrait of the monarch since his Coronation but it divided the art world.

Some critics have questioned the vast use of the blood-red paint, while others praised it for its modern take on royal portraiture. 

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