King Juan Carlos of Spain was under fire this weekend for an ill timed elephant hunt. The 74-year-old King appeared to almost have a Nero attitude to Spain's dire economic woes. You know, Nero fiddled as Rome burnt whereas the King played big game hunter whilst his people struggled to keep financially sound.
The King's frivolous hunt cost a whopping £26,000. For this blogger there is also the matter of unnecessary animal killing. Killing animals for the hell of it, or as some would claim sport, has no place in 21st Century life.
However for the people of Spain it was the King's careless disregard for money rather than his careless disregard for animal life that was a cause for concern. With one in two Spaniards of a working age being unemployed that is understandable.
The Royal Household of Spain has, in recent months, been troubled with a corruption case and accusations of a lack of transparency. It certainly does appear to be a case of "do as I say and not as I do"
Perhaps it was poetic justice that King Juan tripped Sunday April 15, and was left with a broken hip. This warranted an airlift back to Spain, and surgery involving a hip replacement. It is worth mentioning here though that without this accident any details of the hunting trip would have not been known.
Presumably the Spanish people contribute toward the King's foreign jaunts or maybe even worse. Perhaps they foot the bill.Some in the media were quick to recall King Juan Carlos' Christmas speech in which he said that there were times when he could not sleep because of concern about Spain's youth unemployment problem.
The Royal palace of Spain may have claimed that the vacation was private and no details were known but images of the King with his gun standing triumphant next to a dead elephant said it all.
No wishes for a speedy recovery your Maj.In fact the reverse. Shame on you on all counts.
Tags: King Juan Carlos, Spain, elephant hunting, King breaks hip, replacement hip surgery, Spanish unemployment, animal cruelty
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog