GoDaddy CEO Defends Elephant-Killing Video, PETA Responds, Boycott Ensues

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A video has hit the net of Bob Parsons, CEO and founder of GoDaddy.com, slaying an elephant on a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe. Parsons claims he was only hunting “problem elephants”, the ones that destroy villagers crops. From what I saw the video is creepy…it just is.

Animal rights group PETA wrote a letter to the Parsons, awarding him their “first-ever scummiest CEO of the year award” and asking that the CEO support “nonlethal methods are available to protect crops from elephants left hungry because of their disappearing habitat.”

They also added:


“You deserve the award for your egregious disregard for the life of the elephant you shot and killed for your personal enjoyment. Such behavior only shows a poverty of understanding and a deep insecurity, perhaps in your own masculinity.”

While PETA’s comment is appreciated here in terms of offering that there could be other solutions, somehow they manage to become the story, which serves no one, especially animals.

Parsons defended his actions with this statement:


“I stand by my decision to help African villagers. I believe elephant management is beneficial. I have the support of the people who really matter in this situation, the families of Zimbabwe— people who need help to survive. I have the support of tribal leaders and the government.”

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Maybe that’s the new “my best friend is Black”?

Showing Zimbabweans pulling apart the elephant for its meat seems to me to be out of context. They’re made to look like savages, especially in the eyes people with views like those in PETA and they are implicitly referred to by the CEO as people desperately in need of a white patriarch to solve their problems. Oh and them wearing the GoDaddy hats while doing it is just grotesque. Full video below.

For those who don’t know Zimbabwe used to be the bread basket of Africa. The people could feed themselves and many others on the continent. So the questions are what happened to the people’s ability to feed themselves? (Cause I doubt elephants are the real issue here) What caused this supposed imbalance of nature that the whole damn continent is suddenly overrun by troublesome elephants? What did the people do before Bob Parsons and those “on safari” to solve these problems?

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Also what will happen next to the people because elephants really do remember? There have been cases of elephants retaliating when a member of their family is killed, or acting out. Depending on the family member killed this could have a terrible effect on their group. Elephants are the only animal, or one of the only animals, known to mourn the death of a family member. You don’t just kill an elephant and expect there to be no effect on their group. All of this is so outrageous, but maybe it will shine a light on some of the larger issues going on there…then again considering the state of journalism there days…

In the meantime GoDaddy’s CEO is unapologetic and says that PETA is extorting him. In response many are boycotting the domain registry and host as PETA has and recommends.

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If you would like to do that you can switch to namecheap.com

Here’s their response to the GoDaddy scandal:

It’s not often that we would disagree publicly with a competitor, but we at Namecheap are very disturbed by this video of a competitor killing an elephant for sport (Warning: Very Graphic!).

NameCheap.com and Domainit.com are now offering special discounts for domain name transfers including contributions for each domain transferred to a wildlife charity.

“DomainIt.com is offering a 50% discount on all 1 and 2 year hosting plans PLUS $10 of every plan will be donated to the WorldWildLifeFund.org.

Use coupon code “DomainitCares” to get the deal.

NameCheap.com sent out an email to customers today saying:

‘We at Namecheap are very disturbed by this video of a competitor killing an elephant for sport.

‘We’ve decided to throw our support behind our Elephant friends by offering domain transfers at a price where we actually lose money.’

‘Show your protest by saying BYEBYEGD again and transfer your domains to Namecheap for $4.99 for the next 24 hours through 11:59pm EST on 3/31/11 (limit 10 per user, valid for all com/net/org domains).’

On top of that, we’ll donate $1 for each transfer to SaveTheElephants.org’”


Src: thedomains.com

Surely it’s a boon to their business as GoDaddy has long been considered the most popular domain registry. You can support them if you want and as always, the choice is yours. No matter what, there will be many responses to this on all sides.

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