A video of GoDaddy.com CEO and founder Bob Parsons hunting and killing an elephant in Zimbabwe was uploaded to the Internet. A number of people decided to boycott PETA as a result, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). This was Parsons’ second trip to Zimbabwe for getting rid of “problem elephants.” Problem elephants destroys the crops of local villagers. Parsons wrote “Of everything I do, this is the most rewarding.”
“I spend a few weeks in Zimbabwe each year helping the farmers deal with problem elephants. The people there have very little, many die each year from starvation and one of the problems they have is the elephants, of which there are thousands and thousands, that trash many of their fields destroying the crops,” wrote Parsons on his blog.
The four minute video that was uploaded shows Parsons and his team wearing GoDaddy baseball caps tracking an elephant. They used a spotlight to track the elephant and his group fired at it. Parsons posed with the dead elephant and the local villagers arrived to carve it up for eating. The background music for the video was “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC.
PETA said that they closed their account with GoDaddy and moved it with another company. NameCheap.com announced cheap deals to transfer from GoDaddy.com. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go towards SaveTheElephants.org.
“So be it; I’m not ashamed of what I did … all these people that are complaining that this shouldn’t happen, that these people who are starving to death otherwise shouldn’t eat these elephants, you probably see them driving through at McDonald cutting a steak. These people don’t have that option,” said Parsons in an interview with Phoenix’s Fox 10.