A British performance artist has eaten a dog to protest the British royal family's treatment of animals.

Mark McGowan, a vegetarian, ate a plate of meatballs made from a corgi — Queen Elizabeth II's favorite breed of dog — on a radio show Tuesday night in London.

"It's disgusting," McGowan told the BBC. "It's really, really, really disgusting."

The artist, who in recent years has taken a bath in baked beans and rolled a nut seven miles with his nose, staged the performance to protest the treatment of a fox during a January hunt led by the queen's husband, Prince Philip.

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"We love our animals in Britain," McGowan told the BBC. "Why is it then that we then allow people — especially people who are supposed to be ambassadors for this country — to treat animals with such disrespect?"

The RSPCA has said the fox did not suffer.

The meatballs, minced with onion, apple and seasoning, were made from a corgi that died at a breeding farm.

"It's stinky, it's white-looking, it's not like any meat I've ever seen," he said.