Note: During the hunting holiday of the Spanish king a grand son is said to have shot himself by accident in the foot; under what circumstances the elephants finally landed into the tree remains unclear; the picture of General Franco is taken in 1949 while he was hunting ducks in earlier days he also was hunting other species…like anarchists, socialist and those associated with them; the 1936 photograph of Robert Capa of the death of Federico Borrell García a republican soldier fighting the insurgent Franco troops, has been debated with opinions differing from being staged, to an accidental enemy shooting when Federico stood up to pose for Capa; the picture of the king with the elephant has been taken on an earlier Botswana safari trip - Jeff Rann of Rann Safari at the left Juan Carlos at the right – according to the elephant protection campaign web site elephantjournal.com, which gives interesting details on the economics of such hunting parties. As the direct link to the article in elephantjournal.com does not work (you are asked first to become a member, not a good idea for a campaugning organisation), hereby a quotation from that article by Andréa Balt:
Murdering animals for pleasure is not a new hobby to Don Juan Carlos. The 74-year old monarch has 50 years of experience (almost his entire adult life) hunting elephants, bears, wolves, leopards… you name it. According to The Guardian, he paid 7.000 Euros in 2004 to shoot a European bison —one of the world’s most endangered species (approximately 1.600 left)— during a trip to Poland.
And the rest of his hunting deeds could easily fill up a second or third memoir. I’d suggest “How to Rule the Wilderness in Two Easy Steps” as a title.
Step 1: Buy it.
Step 2: Kill it.
Rann Safaris, the king’s hunting ally in Botswana, has deactivated today both its website and the Facebook page, where several photographs of the king’s hunting adventure with the company had been previously posted.
But the shocking video of their bloody trails is still spreading around the internet, like a dark shadow of what man—with money, a gun and no compassion—can do to nature, animals and, ultimately, to himself.
Though as noted by the ElephantJournal web site most of the Rann Safari web sites have been taken down, there is still an informative brochure on-line which shows the photograph of the King of Spain in its context. I show here a screen shot from that publication that shows the picture now widely circulating on the Internet in its ‘historical context’.
To understand the tone of such kind of royal and other fortunate holidays I cite here the introductory text:
Rann Safaris had 100% success with elephant hunts.
The African Elephant is considered by many as the Ultimate African Trophy and many hunters dream of the day they can relive one of Africa’s oldest hunting Elephants are worthy of their status and offer one of the most arduous challenges available today. It is the world’s largest land mammal.
Botswana has the largest elephant population of any country and offers excellent hunting opportunities for trophy bulls.
Rann Safaris has consistently taken the largest elephants in Botswana since elephant hunting reopened. Taking over 260 trophy bulls with an average over 60
OKAVANGO DELTA OPENS NEW HUNTING CONCESSIONS FOR ELEPHANT
The 2010 Elephant hunting season has been extended to November 30th FOR THESE AREAS
These concessions previously not hunted with exportable elephant licenses have been auctioned this week.
Elephant to Jeff Rann of Rann Safaris. This concession borders Rann Safaris old Delta areas NG29 and NG 30 as well as all the southern delta
was the highest auctioned price per elephant.
elephant went to Jeff Rann of Rann Safaris. This concession boarders CT1, Jeff Rann’s current concession where Rann took an 86 x 83 lb elephant second highest auctioned price per elephant and is close to 2 million acres stretching from the Hwange Game reserve on the Zimbabwe border to CT1 & Nxai an 80lb elephant in this concession in April this year.
27 Trophy Bull Elephants taken in 2010.
These elephants were taken from Hunting Concessions: CT 1, CT 7 and NG 35.
Areas will be on offer again in 2011.