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Spanish king criticized for going elephant hunting in Africa as nation reels in economic pain.

 
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Spanish king criticized for going elephant hunting in Africa as nation reels in economic pain.
I know this is a few days old, but today the Congress has approved a series of questions to the Government about the issue.

This piece of news also highlights some other controversial events in the life of this "man" that some people here are proud to call their king. You'll have to follow the link to read the whole thing (I removed some parts, here).

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MADRID — Spain’s 74-year-old king came under scathing criticism Sunday for going on an expensive elephant hunting trip in Botswana amid the nation’s deep financial woes.

Making matters worse, an accident on the trip sent King Juan Carlos into surgery. Doctors said Sunday that he was recovering well after a hip replacement but would not be able to resume full duties for more than a month.

Spanish newspapers were filled with accounts of how hunting trips to Botswana, where Juan Carlos fell, cost more than most Spaniards earn in a year. El Pais, Spain’s leading newspaper, said the cost to arrange a hunting trip in Botswana to kill an elephant usually comes in at €44,000 ($57,850), about twice the country’s average annual salary.

Spain is currently perceived as the weakest link in the 17-nation eurozone, and many investors fear it could become the next country to seek an international bailout. But the country with eurozone’s No. 4 economy is seen as too big to bail out. Unemployment stands at nearly 23 percent — nearly 50 percent for young workers — and Spain is expected to slide into its second recession in three years soon.

Citing royal spokesman Rafael Spottorno, El Mundo said the king had not told Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government of his trip abroad until after the accident.

“The prime minister must know at all times where the head of state is,” El Mundo said in an editorial
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United Left lawmaker Cayo Lara said he would ask questions about the trip in parliament, saying the king had shown “a lack of ethics” by going to hunt big game as many young Spaniards faced unemployment.

This is not the first time the aging monarch’s love of hunting has caused concern
. In October 2006, a Russian governor launched an inquiry into reports that Juan Carlos had shot and killed a bear while on holiday near Moscow.

Vyacheslav Pozgalyov, governor of the Vologda region northeast of Moscow, had reportedly received a letter from the region’s deputy hunting chief, Sergei Starostin, claiming a bear had been fed honey mixed with vodka before being released near where the king was to hunt.
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Full story here: www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/spanish-king-criticized-f​or-going-elephant-hunting-in-africa-as-nation-reels-in-econom​ic-pain/2012/04/15/gIQAsy9EJT_story.html

By the way, I'm a Republican and I don't like this king. And when I say Republican I mean it in the most orthodox way (a person who doesn't agree with monarchy), not as in USA politics.

Last Edited by Who. on 04/24/2012 09:30 AM
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No opinions? Seriously, we're talking about the effing Chief of State of a country. That's disgusting.
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Nobody?
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It would be funny if he was trampled to death by an elephant.
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em yeh hunting elephants pretty sure thats illegal
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Spanish king trampled to death by elephant.
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Is the asshole going to eat it?
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Re: Spanish king criticized for going elephant hunting in Africa as nation reels in economic pain.
Here was an insightful take on the matter some days ago that i noticed on another site

Spanish King Suffers Instant Karmic Return During Elephant Murdering Junket

Hey, Juan Carlos, you sadistic POS, i "intuit" that your recuperation will be fraught with complications appropriate to your karmic debt for this lifetime. Have a good day. BTW, i have never encountered a pachyderm with a consciousness level even remotely as low as that of yourself and/or of your "elite friends"

[link to zen-haven.dk]
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Is the asshole going to eat it?
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Eat what? The elephant (assuming the asshole is His Royal Highness)?
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em yeh hunting elephants pretty sure thats illegal
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I don't know if it is, in Botswana. At any rate, that wouldn't justify what he did (and I'm not saying you said that).
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Re: Spanish king criticized for going elephant hunting in Africa as nation reels in economic pain.
Here was an insightful take on the matter some days ago that i noticed on another site

Spanish King Suffers Instant Karmic Return During Elephant Murdering Junket

Hey, Juan Carlos, you sadistic POS, i "intuit" that your recuperation will be fraught with complications appropriate to your karmic debt for this lifetime. Have a good day. BTW, i have never encountered a pachyderm with a consciousness level even remotely as low as that of yourself and/or of your "elite friends"

[link to zen-haven.dk]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 14979421


Yep, karma strikes back. By the way, do you know that he apologized? Don't know if he was honest but meh...
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Re: Spanish king criticized for going elephant hunting in Africa as nation reels in economic pain.
em yeh hunting elephants pretty sure thats illegal
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I don't know if it is, in Botswana. At any rate, that wouldn't justify what he did (and I'm not saying you said that).
 Quoting: Who.


Just checked that. Yes, it's legal, there, as you will see in this link (where it also informs on the "Royal" apology):

[link to www.theworld.org]
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Re: Spanish king criticized for going elephant hunting in Africa as nation reels in economic pain.
em yeh hunting elephants pretty sure thats illegal
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I don't know if it is, in Botswana. At any rate, that wouldn't justify what he did (and I'm not saying you said that).
 Quoting: Who.


Just checked that. Yes, it's legal, there, as you will see in this link (where it also informs on the "Royal" apology):

[link to www.theworld.org]
 Quoting: Who.


wow cant believe its still legal to hunt elephants
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Re: Spanish king criticized for going elephant hunting in Africa as nation reels in economic pain.
em yeh hunting elephants pretty sure thats illegal
 Quoting: See1234


I don't know if it is, in Botswana. At any rate, that wouldn't justify what he did (and I'm not saying you said that).
 Quoting: Who.


Just checked that. Yes, it's legal, there, as you will see in this link (where it also informs on the "Royal" apology):

[link to www.theworld.org]
 Quoting: Who.


wow cant believe its still legal to hunt elephants
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Surprising, isn't it? Both who tolerates that and who participates are equally shameful.
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Bu-bu-bump.
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Thanks for the five stars.

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Rich folks gonna rich folk...
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Re: Spanish king criticized for going elephant hunting in Africa as nation reels in economic pain.
Hunting trip was cover for the hip replacement. Looks like the king's diet includes meats known to cause the bone deterioration.

Hunting elephants? Suppose he went on his yacht. God forbid he go hunting on his yacht.

The economy is not bad for everyone. Some with far less money than the king are hunting elephants. Hopefully they donate the thing to whoever needs elephants. Soon elephants will be extinct like the dinosaur.