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Spaniards livid over king's elephant hunt Published April 16, 2012 Read more:
Fox News ^ | 4-16-12

Posted on 04/16/2012 5:45:32 PM PDT by SJackson

MADRID – In one fell swoop, King Juan Carlos of Spain has managed to unite right and left, young and old, those with jobs and those without in universal outrage over his tone-deaf African hunting safari.

As Spain foundered amid economic woes, what did the 74-year-old monarch do? He slipped away to hunt elephants in southern Africa. Let's count the ways that miscalculation of elephantine proportions has turned into a public relations disaster.

— A lavish trip amid severe economic pain at home.

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1 posted on 04/16/2012 5:45:44 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

That reminds me of someone else, but I just can’t quite place who...


2 posted on 04/16/2012 5:47:19 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.

If I'm not mistaken during the Panic of 1907, aka the Bankers Crisis, TR took time off to go hunting. He was a lot more important than the King of Spain. Then and now.

3 posted on 04/16/2012 5:48:16 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: SJackson

Where is Generalissimo Francisco Franco when you need him?


4 posted on 04/16/2012 5:50:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: SJackson
Obama is politically tone-deaf. When I see what a jerk Obama is, I feel sad that so many American voters make such bad choices. That's our real problem: the average American voter.

The King of Spain may be politically tone-deaf, but he's a King. He's not there because he's skilled. And he's not there because he is what the Spanish people want. He's there because he's there.

Spain has deep problems. Getting angry at the King's elephant hunt tells me that Spain is desperately trying NOT to focus on the things they should be focusing on.

5 posted on 04/16/2012 5:57:23 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: SJackson

I know I am going to get flamed but....I just don’t understand why anyone would want to shoot an elephant. I love guns as much as the next guy, but elephants? Really?


6 posted on 04/16/2012 6:00:13 PM PDT by MattinNJ
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To: SJackson
Its good to be King



Austerity, what's that? Spanish King Juan Carlos slammed for £27,000 elephant hunting trip as his country drowns in debt and half of youngsters are jobless
7 posted on 04/16/2012 6:04:16 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: MattinNJ
Not from me. Love to shoot, but beer cans and targets are my usual prey. I put a deer in the freezer once in awhile but go for a medium doe as they are the best eating. Nothing dead on the walls either.
8 posted on 04/16/2012 6:10:24 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: MattinNJ

“I just don’t understand why anyone would want to shoot an elephant.”

Homicidal big pickup truck syndrome?


9 posted on 04/16/2012 6:10:39 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SJackson

Having seen the majesty of East Africa and several of its national parks I can’t support “big game” hunting there.And no,I’m no animal rights tree worshiper.


10 posted on 04/16/2012 6:12:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

Hmm, well the political tone-deafness is rather Obamanoid, but the sheer stupidity is pure Biden.


11 posted on 04/16/2012 6:14:29 PM PDT by whatexit
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To: SJackson
I understand the shooting of a lawyer but an elephant? 1)First they are the symbol of the Republicans 2) They are almost an endangered species 3) The meat and benefit of the dead elephant can be equaled easily by several cows. IMO shooting the endangered big game is a little over the top. I'll stick to the occasional deer, donkey, and RINO and stay away from the endangered animals.
12 posted on 04/16/2012 6:17:25 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: MattinNJ
I know I am going to get flamed but....I just don’t understand why anyone would want to shoot an elephant. I love guns as much as the next guy, but elephants? Really?

The only living being (human or animal) I would ever shoot is one that was threatening me,my family or an innocent person.I,too,enjoy target practice but the thought of killing something that wasn't a threat has never appealed to me.

13 posted on 04/16/2012 6:18:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

This is in South Africa, where controlled hunting is partly how they pay for maintaining some of these parks.


14 posted on 04/16/2012 6:21:16 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: SJackson

He’s been hanging around with Obama too much.


15 posted on 04/16/2012 6:23:53 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: vetvetdoug

In some places in South Africa and reserves in Kenya there is something of a population explosion of elephants, to the point that they are pests or are damaging their environment. Controlled hunting is a way to limit their numbers to conform with the available space and financially support the parks.

Useful article -

http://greatunclebill.hubpages.com/hub/Elephant-culling-in-Africa


16 posted on 04/16/2012 6:28:08 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: SJackson

The guy shot an elephant for a lot of money that probably was picked to be culled. Hey...he’s probably supporting a lot of conversation projects there with his $$$$. However, I would be more impressed if he had gone after it with a bowie knife or a baseball bat.


17 posted on 04/16/2012 6:32:11 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Tainan

that is the most bizarre and dumb looking animal pose ever. mashed against a tree with trunk folded? you got to be kidding.


18 posted on 04/16/2012 6:39:02 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: whatexit

Certainly is politically tone-deaf.

But the Spanish royal budget (iirc, under $10m) is extremely low by most standards, and a fair person would probably see it as a poor trade for the state taking over pretty much all the immense real estate and other property holdings of the royal house, which were confiscated without other compensation.

Compared to the British royals, who own immensely valuable property, the Spanish ones are paupers.

They are poorer even than much of the Spanish aristocracy, who are also great property owners - and to whom Franco returned the holdings confiscated by the Republic. There are plenty Spanish nobles much wealthier than the king.


19 posted on 04/16/2012 6:45:21 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: buwaya; vetvetdoug

Thanks for trying to inject some informed sanity into the emotional hype on this topic.

The fact is these controlled hunting preserves and programs are necessary for the preservation of many of these species. Without them there would be no protected sanctuaries and wardens where herd numbers can be maintained and sustained. The poachers would move in and destroy them.


20 posted on 04/16/2012 6:47:32 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: MattinNJ

I guess I will go up in flames w/ you, but I think it’s disgusting.


21 posted on 04/16/2012 6:48:42 PM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: hal ogen

Boy howdy, I know I’m seriously impressed when a man kills an elephant w/ a baseball bat. Are you serious or did you accidentally leave the sarcasm tag off?

Real men kill animals for food & have dogs & cats they love.


22 posted on 04/16/2012 6:53:53 PM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: MattinNJ

I’ve seen a lot of elephants out in the bush. I could no sooner shoot an elephant than I would a cow out in some farmer’s field. I’m not a very good marksman, but even I could hit an elephant. Not a whole lot of sport involved.


23 posted on 04/16/2012 7:34:55 PM PDT by Ax
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To: MattinNJ
Planning a reeeally big barbeque?
24 posted on 04/16/2012 7:52:28 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: beebuster2000
that is the most bizarre and dumb looking animal pose ever. mashed against a tree with trunk folded? you got to be kidding.

Yeah, I agree. someone thought that was a good idea and then convinced 3 or 4 other people to put that dead elephant in that position.

25 posted on 04/17/2012 4:23:00 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Ax
I’m not a very good marksman, but even I could hit an elephant. Not a whole lot of sport involved.

Shooting an elephant is easy. Killing it, before it stomps you to death, is the tricky part.

26 posted on 04/17/2012 5:30:42 AM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Pilsner

I was once out in the bush in Cameroun with a couple of colleagues and an Ibo guide. We came across a herd at a watering hole. The guide kept us from getting any closer than a hundred yards or so. The best way to avoid getting stepped on by one of those brutes is not to get too close to them and not get too far away from your Land Cruiser. Oh, and DON’T wear a white t-shirt.


27 posted on 04/17/2012 5:51:45 AM PDT by Ax
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To: MattinNJ
I love guns as much as the next guy, but elephants?

I know what you mean......

Many years ago I attended a party of the daughter of the guy who founded and owns Magna Port in Mt. Clemens, MI.

I have never seen such a display of mounted animals in my entire life, they were everywhere! Foot stools made out of elephants feet...etc.

While the company was raking in money, I guess all this guy did was go on safaris........His particular thrill was killing these exotics with high powered, scoped handguns.

28 posted on 04/17/2012 5:54:36 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Would I like to be young again? No, I worked too hard to get here, I don't want to do it again)
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To: MattinNJ

Yep, you wouldn’t understand, even when elephants are over populating their range, and the locals need the income and meat for their own survival... SHEEESH

JC


29 posted on 04/19/2012 1:19:08 AM PDT by cracker45
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