BLOOD & SAND: Spanish WWF sacks King Juan Carlos over elephant hunt


BLOOD & SAND: Spanish WWF sacks King Juan Carlos over elephant hunt
by Darius Kadivar

World Wildlife Fund's branch in Spain says it has ousted King Juan Carlos as its honorary president  (a title he'd held since 1968 ) because the monarch's recent elephant hunting safari was incompatible with the group's goal of conserving endangered species. Given a country known for it’s bloody Bullfights is it not a little bit hypocrite to oust the Monarch after having named him in the first place ? (Source:

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Spanish Report on The King’s Ousting from WWF:

Spanish WWF sacks King Juan Carlos over elephant hunt (bbc)

The conservation group WWF in Spain has removed King Juan Carlos as its honorary president for going on an elephant hunting trip in Botswana.

The WWF's Spanish chapter voted overwhelmingly to abolish the post, a statement said, adding that the safari did not sit well with WWF goals.

The king was widely criticised after news of the trip emerged in April, in the middle of a severe economic crisis.

Spain's royal family has faced a series of embarrassments this year.

King Juan Carlos apologised to the Spanish people for the hunting trip, which only came to light when he was flown home from Africa after breaking a hip.

An online petition calling for his resignation from the WWF post accumulated almost 85,000 signatures by the time he made his public apology.


The controversy prompted Spanish newspapers to publish a photo of the king on a previous safari, in which he is seen standing with a gun beside a dead elephant.

"Although this type of hunting is legal and regulated, many members consider it to be incompatible with the position of honorary patron of an international organisation that aims to protect the environment," the WWF statement said on Saturday.

The vote to abolish the position of honorary president was carried by a 94% majority, it said.

The king is generally popular in Spain, but the royal family has been beset by a series of embarrassing news stories this year.

The king's son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, has been questioned in connection with a corruption scandal involving claims that he used public funds to organise sports events.

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Banafsheh Zolfaghari

Shame on you Juanito, shame !

by Banafsheh Zolfaghari on

I am simply left wondering what the hell was he thinking ?!

Clearly he did'nt give a rat's ass.  Worst, he obviously absolutley has no 'royal' bearing (or worthy advisors) on the ethical and basic public relations issues surrounding the 'hunting down' of arguably the most loveable mammal on earth !

Spain's economic problems not withstanding, this aging Monarch seems to have forgotten he is no longer the young, teflon, skirt-chasing bon-vivant of the 1950's. 

Today, 2012, it is utelry unacceptable to pleasure hunt ! Especially beloved elephants which have been slaughtered by the 100's of thousands at the hand of gun toting poachers and free-loading, spoiled, royal hunters alike !

Serves him right !  Just be carefull . .  Alas, the crown may be next !