By Helen Pierpoint

MEMBERS of the Spanish branch of the World Wildlife Fund are set to decide on whether King Juan Carlos can maintain his position as its Honorary President.

The King of Spain has been lambasted and called to resign ever since he suffered a hip injury in Botswana while hunting a ‘vulnerable’ species of elephant, as the Olive Press reported in April.

An online environmental advocacy from Actuable received almost 70,000 signatures for the King to resign the post which he has held since 1968.

The WWF sent a letter to the Royal household shortly after the incident, saying the King’s actions had ‘provoked enormous contempt among members and in public opinion in general against the hunting of elephants, even when it is carried out in a legal and regulated way.’

The assembly deciding the King’s future in the WWF will take place on July 21.

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