Turns out the only thing Bob Parsons, CEO of Godaddy.com, has in common with PETA is making headlines by using scantily clad women in Super Bowl commercials.
The head of the mega internet hosting company shot and killed an elephant on his recent trip to Zimbabwe. He claims the elephants were terrorizing a local village and therefore had to be killed. Parsons was so proud of himself, he even made a video and posted it to his blog. It includes a picture of him with the corpse of the elephant and everything.
PETA wasted no time in firing off a letter. They wrote:
“I am writing to present you with PETA’s first-ever scummiest CEO of the year award (your certificate is on the way). 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. Nonlethal methods are available to protect crops from elephants left hungry because of their disappearing habitat.”
Parsons defended his actions with the following 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.”
While it’s true that elephants can pose as a nuisance and a threat to farmers and towns, there are certainly other ways to deal with the problem than allowing a rich guy with a gun to get his blood thirsty trophy kill. Animal organizations like World Wildlife Fund list many ways to resolve the conflict peaceably.
Dr. Grey Stafford, the Director of Conservation at the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Ariz., said:
“As for hunting an endangered species, just because something is deemed legal to do, it doesn’t mean it is the wisest thing to do. Perhaps those with financial means can fund greater security protection of wildlife parks that are woefully underfunded or pay to relocate troublesome animals away from rural communities. They might even get to fire at an animal using a dart gun but without the lethal consequences. Everybody wins.”
If you look on twitter, people are vowing to jump ship and remove their hosting and domain services from godaddy.com. Do you have a website? Is this enough to make you switch to another hosting company? You could save some cash. This company is even donating a dollar to Save the Elephants for every transfer from Godaddy!