A controversy has erupted in Spain, when it was reported that Spain’s King Juan Carlos recently broke a hip on a trip to Botswana, a well-known destination for elephant-hunting. Although the royal family did not confirm the reason for the trip, Botswana is notorious for hunting and the king has been photographed next to a dead elephant in the past. Part of the controversy centers on the fact that King Juan Carlos is the honorary president of the Spanish branch of conservation group WWF.
It is hypocritical for the King to hunt endangered animals and be the head of a conservation society. It gives the impression to the citizenry that conservation and the protection of endangered animals is not something to be taken seriously. The social consciousness around the protection of our animals, our ecosystems, and our Earth needs to be supported and maintained. Having a supposed “head” of a large, well regarded conservation group be hunting the exact animals he aims to protect is a disregard for the good work that the WWF is doing on behalf of endangered animals.
See Row over hunting trip for Spanish King Juan Carlos, BBC News Europe, (Apr. 16, 2012), http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17730857.