There seems to be a strain amongst the rich and obnoxious worldwide that it is OK for them to use their wealth to destroy wildlife for their own pleasure. Donald Trump Junior's recent elephant hunt in Zimbabwe was bad enough, but at least he has no pretentions to be a leader of conservation and he isn't the king of a country (God forbid) that is undergoing severe economic problems at the moment.">
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WWF Honorary President – King Juan Carlos – injured on elephant hunt in Botswana

17/04/2012 11:11:50
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King Juan Carlos of Spain is under pressure to resign as President of WWF Spain after he went on an elephant hunt in Spain.

Petition

A petition in Spain has garnered some 70,000 signatures (still counting, probably way past that now) demanding that King Juan Carlos resign his presidency.

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Let them eat Cake' moment from King Juan Carlos as he lavishes an estimated £30,000 on an elephant hunt while Spain is in austerity


April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt. Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). Whilst not illegal, it shows a complete disregard for his 'subjects' and total contempt for his role as 'Honorary President of WWF Spain'. 

There seems to be a strain amongst the rich and obnoxious worldwide that it is OK for them to use their wealth to destroy wildlife for their own pleasure. Donald Trump Junior's recent elephant hunt in Zimbabwe was bad enough, but at least he has no pretentions to be a leader of conservation and he isn't the king of a country (God forbid) that is undergoing severe economic problems at the moment.

WWF, who must be deeply embarrassed by this, have issued the following Statement -

WWF-Spain requests a meeting with Spain's royal authorities to share concerns about elephant hunt
We appreciate the deep concerns of many of our supporters and friends who have criticised the the recent participation of His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain in an elephant hunt in Botswana. The secretary general of WWF-Spain, Juan Carlos del Olmo, has written and requested an urgent meeting with the royal authorities to share widespread public concerns and public calls for His Majesty to step down as Honorary President of WWF-Spain.

His Majesty has held the honorary presidency, a symbolic position, since his involvement in the founding of the organization (then known as ADENA in Spain) in 1968. He has no direct involvement in the day-to-day operations of WWF in Spain or elsewhere.

WWF is absolutely committed to the conservation of wild elephants, a commitment we have held since WWF's founding 50 years ago. We are tackling the biggest threats that elephants face in the wild, including poaching and habitat loss, by working with the governments, local communities and non-governmental partners in the countries where elephants roam to secure a future for this powerful symbol of nature. Decades of hard work by WWF and other conservation groups has resulted in large and expanding populations of elephants in southern Africa, including Botswana, where some 300,000 elephants now roam across the sub-region.

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A hypocritical king

I can hardly believe that this man-the honorary president of WWF-Spain participates in killing wild elephants. Besides the fact that elephants are under such considerable pressure at the present time from poachers for the illegal ivory trade-this man clearly takes gratuitous pleasure from killing such a magnificent creature. I have been a long time supporter of WWF but unless this man is stripped of his honorary position I will with much regret no longer support WWF. In my opinion there can be no excuse for Juan Carlos's actions.
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Posted by: Michael Vickers | 23 Apr 2012 05:57:38

Example

Juan Carlos has to set an example to others. Besides he is the secretary general of the WWF of Spain. Everyone has to respect human and animal. Live and let live. No one has a right to kill. For him it is not the first time. He is an egoist, cruel and he throws his nation's money about. He ought to be ashamed of himself.

Posted by: C. van Breda | 22 Apr 2012 17:29:30

Hunting adverts

The adverts you mention appear automatically via google. Although we can block specific URL's we can only do this once we know which ones to block. We have now blocked those that you mentioned (thank you), and i can assure you that we didn't make any money from them at all.
Powell Ettinger - Editor

Posted by: | 23 Apr 2012 09:08:23

WWF Honorary President – King Juan Carlos – injured on elephant hunt in Botswana

The outrage expressed in this article wants credibility when at the same time and on the same page you publish and obviously cash in on advertisements for hunting safaris (cazaplaneta, icelandhunting, etc.) How hypocrital can one get !!!!

Posted by: Lisa Herdelt | 22 Apr 2012 10:08:33

paying for hunts

instead of paying for hunts,why not just give the money to national parks,i would like to see a hunter face to face with an elephant without the hunters pop gun,sad people who do this for sport..

Posted by: david williams | 21 Apr 2012 08:21:22

Short sighted

Clumsy of the King to be involved in such things, but I do have to say that hunting can do a great deal of good in support for conservation. Such shoots are expensive to organise and one pays handsomely for the license to 'cull' these creatures; those funds are often employed in the direct support for National Parks, which are then able to do a great deal of good work on the ground.

Still, the King really should have known better, especially as Honorary President. He'll be forced to resign his position and the elephant hunts will continue and WWF will have slightly less influence (assuming the King actually did anything useful as a President).

Stupid and pointless.

Posted by: Stuart | 20 Apr 2012 13:40:58

outrageous

Spain, well Spanish animal welfare is pretty awful but there are hundreds and thousands of wonderful Spanish people working very hard to change that. Problem is change from the bottom takes much longer to achieve and is much harder to effect than change from the top but it is better in the long term as it is the people who want it, fought for it, achieved it and will by and large observe it. The comparatively few humans 'at the top' who think they can do as they please will die and be bettered and the law, effected by the people, will eventually overtake any of those who chose not to change for the better. Traditions, those of a bad sort, will disappear, just as bull fighting has been banned in Catalonia - and mega kudos to them for seeing the light.We just have to keep fighting and the pressure from us on Spain's king through WWF is one of a myriad of ways to do so, shaming and embarrassing the man into resigning - and the world will know it! - will once again prove that united we stand.

Posted by: Cornelia Hanning | 20 Apr 2012 12:40:33

elephants

such a pity it was only his hip !!! w.w.w dont have a very good record do they on who they have to represent them ? remember "Phil " the greek who slaughtered tigers, and doubltless many, many more. hypocrites !

Posted by: dee donworth | 18 Apr 2012 15:47:58

tiger

I found a memorial in a church to a tiger hunter.......& it said that the tiger was buried, & the hunter was inside the tiger!
That seemed to me to be natural justice:-)

Posted by: mark | 18 Apr 2012 11:19:47

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