Spanish King loses WWF title:
Spain’s King Juan Carlos has been ousted as head of the country’s World Wildlife Fund because of his recent elephant hunting safari in Botswana.
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
today to “get rid of
the honorary president”. Madrid
News of the king’s elephant hunting trip in
in April [pl see link below] upset many
Spaniards who considered it an opulent extravagance at a time of economic
distress in the country. Botswana
The Spanish royal palace declined to comment on the WWF announcement.
April 2012: Related earlier article on the King’s elephant safari.