WWF sacks elephant-killing Spanish king

This video is called Spain’s Juan Carlos under fire. Warning: this clip contains some shots of bullfights.

From the Irish Times:

Spanish king loses WWF title

The Spanish branch of the World Wildlife Fund has ousted King Juan Carlos as its honorary president – a title he had held since 1968 – because his recent elephant hunting safari was incompatible with the group’s goal of conserving endangered species.

The animal charity said in a statement that “although such hunting is legal and regulated”, it had “received many expressions of distress from its members and society in general”.

It said members voted in a meeting in Madrid today to “get rid of the honorary president”.

News of the king’s elephant hunting trip in Botswana in April upset many Spaniards who considered it an opulent extravagance at a time of economic distress in the country.

The Spanish royal palace declined to comment on the WWF announcement.


WWF members voted “to get rid of the honorary president” by a majority of 226 votes to 13: here.

36 thoughts on “WWF sacks elephant-killing Spanish king

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  3. He’s pretty out of touch with how the rest of the world feels about him and his hunting. He also supposedly killed his older brother (the crown prince) in a hunting accident when he was a teen. You’d think he would give it up.


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