Spain’s King Juan Carlos has been dumped as the honorary patron of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The Spanish branch of the WWF voted overwhelmingly to remove the Monarch following the appearance of photographs on the web depicting the King posing beside his trophy elephant, and the public outcry it generated.
Not only was the King removed as honorary patron, the position itself – held by Juan Carlos since it’s inception in 1968 -was scrapped.
This is yet another blow for Spain’s royal family whose popularity has waned over recent months. This year alone the family has had to contend with corruption allegations against the King’s son-in-law, Queen Sofia’s rejection of an invitation to attend Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee dinner and the appearance on the internet of a photograph showing the King posing, with rifle, next to a dead elephant. This raised eyebrows further due to the timing of the extravagant trip. The King swanned around Botswana while 24% of Spain was unemployed.
Although the hunting trip was legal and regulated by the authorities in Botswana it didn’t sit well with some of the WWF’s members.
“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 organization … that aims to protect the environment,” the group said in a statement.
I also found another photo of him posing with two dead buffalo (at least I think they are buffalo). You can see the pic here: Dead buffalo