ELEPHANT MAN: Fury at Spain's King elephant hunt as jobless rate soars


ELEPHANT MAN: Fury at Spain's King elephant hunt as jobless rate soars
by Darius Kadivar

Juan Carlos's expensive trip to Botswana – from which he was flown home injured – arouses anger in recession-hit country. (Source: persianrealm.com)

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Spain's King Juan Carlos poses in front of a dead elephant on a hunting trip in Botswana, Africa. Photograph: Target Press/Barcroft Media


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Spain's King Juan Carlos under fire over elephant hunting trip (guardian)

While ordinary Spaniards cope with harsh austerity, recession and soaring unemployment, the country's royal family has been enjoying expensive hunting trips, one of which resulted in King Juan Carlos ending up in hospital.

The 74-year-old monarch's fall in a park in Botswana provided an excuse for Spanish newspapers, who normally treat their royal family with kid gloves, to plaster their pages with photos of the king standing proudly in front of a dead elephant.

The photograph came from the website of Botswana-based Rann Safaris, which had been taken down by Sunday. The pictures, taken before the latest hunting trip, also showed the king with two dead water buffaloes.

Shoots with Rann Safaris cost upwards of $8,700 (£5,500) a week, with an elephant costing a further $15,000 to kill. A day out with professional hunter Jeff Rann, pictured with the king, costs a further $2,000.

The king's accident, after which he was flown back to Madrid for a hip operation, came days after his grandson, 13-year-old Froilán Marichalar, shot himself in the foot while hunting in Spain. He also had to be hospitalised and doctors removed the contents of a 36-calibre shotgun cartridge from his foot. Newspapers reported that it was illegal for a 13-year-old to handle that type of gun.

The king's hunting trip, which officials described as private, has caused a storm of angry comment from animal lovers and those wanting to know how much it had cost.

promotional video on YouTube shows Rann shooting elephants – which can be killed with licences bought at auction from the Botswana government – in the Okavango delta.

"You have to manage the world's animal populations, to their betterment," says Rann, who did not answer queries from the Guardian. "We are trying to improve their habitat."

King Juan Carlos has been involved in hunting scandals before. Six years ago, officials dismissed as ridiculous allegations that he had shot a drunken Russian bear that had been plied with honey and vodka. The royal family has a troubled history with guns. The king shot and killed his brother in an accident when he was a teenager.

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Spain's king in hospital for hip surgery

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Spain's king in hospital for hip surgery (cnn)


  • King Juan Carlos is readmitted to a hospital in Madrid for surgery on his hip
  • The 74-year-old monarch injured his hip in a fall while on a private hunting trip in Africa
  • The trip has caused controversy because of its cost and because it included elephant hunting
  • The king had hip replacement surgery earlier this month

Madrid (CNN) -- Spain's King Juan Carlos was recovering Friday after being readmitted to a Madrid hospital for surgery on his right hip, the Royal Palace said.

An update on the 74-year-old king's condition is expected later in the day, according to the palace.

The surgery was performed Thursday at San Jose Hospital to "reduce a dislocation" of the hip, a palace statement said.

He underwent hip replacement surgery earlier this month after falling while on a controversial private hunting trip in Botswana. 



Stupid khar carlos, gives a bad name to stupid khars

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

feeling a little judgemental and undiplomatic today, but this is outrageous, who ever knew a SO-CALLED educated person could be so sickening, reminds me of the queens husband philip and his hunting trips, they disgrace themselves and need to be more sensitive with all that they represent. 

The appology, making it only in reference to the economic crisis and about expenses, is really even more upsetting, where does one start?

Darius Kadivar

Spanish King Juan Carlos apologizes for Botswana hunt trip

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Spanish king sorry for hunting trip (bbc)


King Juan Carlos apologises to the Spanish people for going on a hunting trip in Africa while his country was in economic crisis.


تقدیم به شاه پیل افکن


پندار همان عهد است از دیدهٔ فکرت بین

در سلسلهٔ درگه، در کوکبهٔ میدان

از اسب پیاده شو، بر نطع زمین رخ نه

زیر پی پیلش بین شه مات شده نعمان

نی نی که چو نعمان بین پیل افکن شاهان را

پیلان شب و روزش گشته به پی دوران

ای بس پشه پیل افکن کافکند به شه پیلی

شطرنجی تقدیرش در ماتگه حرمان

Dr. Mohandes

Elephants and Towels!

by Dr. Mohandes on

close your eyes and picture a time when instead of an elephant there is a human being of a certain religious affiliation...sitting there with a towel wrapped around his head...

Viva revolucion!


Just the thought of it revolts me

by anglophile on


Nature can take care of itself. It doesn't need us to interfere.


I had no idea

by MRX1 on

I thought elephants can only be hunted in the game reserves if their population increases beyond a certain number. Any how it's a bad move now and days for any body much less for a king.WHo ever is his advisor should be fired.

Also how much of a challange or sport is it if you have high powerfull rfle to hunt anything specialy an slow moving elephant.

Darius Kadivar

Republican Far Left Demands King to Abdicate

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Hunting row besets Spanish king (bbc)

Spain's ruling Popular Party calls for an end to criticism of a hunting trip to Botswana during which King Juan Carlos broke his hip




Ever since the Spanish media became aware of King Juan Carlos's fall and his hunting trip, on Saturday morning, the criticism has grown, even as the king recovers in hospital.

Spanish TV has debated whether the king should have been hunting in Africa - hunting elephants according to El Pais newspaper - although the royal household would not comment on the nature of the trip - while his people faced tough, economic austerity, during one of the most precarious moments in the country's economic crisis.

Many newspaper editorials have suggested simply that he should have not.

Criticism from the Republican far left is unsurprising. However the remarks of the Socialist leader in Madrid, Tomas Gomez, that the king should fulfil his duties or abdicate, are significant because they come from a senior, mainstream opposition politician.

Such pointed, public criticism of the Spanish monarch is unusual, and other senior opposition politicians and members of Spain's government have not passed judgement when asked to comment.

The scandal has erupted only weeks after the king's son-in-law appeared in court in Mallorca. Inaki Urdangarin is being investigated on allegations of corruption, which he strongly denies.

However some mainstream newspaper editorials have linked the two stories, as part of a debate about the reputation of Spain's royals, and the future of its king.

Red Wine


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