July 22nd, 2012
04:18 AM ET

WWF ousts Spanish king as honorary president over Botswana hunting trip

The conservation group World Wildlife Fund ousted Spain's King Juan Carlos as its honorary president after his Botswana hunting trip sparked an outcry for its extravagance during an economic crisis.

The king's private visit came to light this year when he was rushed back to Madrid to undergo hip surgery after falling during the trip.

A firestorm ensued, forcing the 74-year-old king to apologize in April.
"I am very sorry. I made a mistake and it won't happen again," the king said on Spanish state television as he left the hospital.

The Spanish chapter of the WWF voted Saturday to abolish the honorary post, which the king has held since 1968.

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  1. Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt

    You call THAT hunting? LMAO

    July 22, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Members of our own political hierarchy do the same damn thing and call it "Fact Finding". While there must be on site dialog, too often these trips turn out to be just "perks" for elected officials and their staff and families. However "once a king...always a king...but ..."

    July 22, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. No

    We all get who has been a bizzy little bee this morning trolling as 'Paul'. It's so very obvious.

    July 22, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Not me @ 9:17 am or any other thread since yesterday from noon and forward.

    July 22, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |

    The WWF is serving a good purpose, for at least they employ. great photographers to record the demise of all the animals they are supposed to save.
    There organization is much like the king, lots of bling with no substance or utility,except to exhault themselves.

    July 22, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ Mary, whats the golden rule?

    July 22, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I would think that going on a hunting trip flies in the face of everything that the WWF stands for; they made the right decision in "deposing" the King of Spain.
    What a stupid thing to have done.

    July 22, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lol @ Mary, and HOW would i know that you couldnt answer that simple lil question? Hurry go ask Philip, gosh knows you cant answer without him telling you what to say first! And dont think we buy into your disclaimer either.

    July 22, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ kenny rogers, WE know the feeling! You know who the trolls are, maybe YOU can persuade em to stop? Good luck to you, hasnt worked so far for the rest of us tho and cnn doesnt care. That was a brick wall! I got no prob with him tho, hes kinda funny!

    July 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Simon Abela

    Good Afternoon Chrissy, I haven't seen you around much. I hope you are well and that you are not part of this ring of trolls that Mr. Rogers speaks of. Remember what happened to me the last time we connected.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Yes Simon i do. I was talking to a troll then obviously as all but your last post was deleted.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    And @ Mary, ill give you a clue. The golden rule can be found in Mathew 7:l2

    July 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Not a problem @ kenny.

    July 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Ok @ Mary, you dont have to tell me just practice it. hagd!

    July 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    If going to you're hijack my u/n, at least get it right.

    July 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
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