GoDaddy CEO's Elephant Hunt Prompts Fury
He cites humanitarian effort behind graphic video of killing
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 31, 2011 2:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) –'s chief executive is facing viewers' wrath after he posted a graphic video of himself hunting an elephant. In the clip—see it here at the Huffington Post—CEO Bob Parsons cast the hunt as a “humanitarian” mission. Many Zimbabweans “die each year from starvation,” thanks in part to elephants that destroy their crops, he said. But many have been shocked by the clip—which features the animal being carved up by villagers to the sounds of AC/DC—and PETA is calling for a boycott of the web hosting company’s services.

The video also zooms in on the company logo worn on baseball caps, which isn't sitting well. “I don't know what's worse: you murdering a defenseless and endangered animal or thinking it's cool to brag and post a video about it,” notes a comment on Parsons’ video channel. Parsons has offered an explanation, adds Good magazine: “These people have literally nothing and when an elephant is killed it's a big event for them, they are going to be able to eat some protein.” Click through for Parsons’ comments in full.

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Apr 3, 2011 3:28 AM CDT
GoDaddy had taken a lot of our business over the years with sneaky ads with "small print" fees, like the hidden ICANN fee. People thought they were savings 25 cents a year or so, but instead were feeding this megalomaniac with the money that would give him the time to travel to Africa and execute innocent elephants. Since the story broke, customers have been flocking back to Yomain, and we're encouraging other small domain companies to do what we've done and cut margins to beat Go Daddy pricing and encourage others to transfer their domains away. Only by depriving this CEO of money can we ensure that he will stop committing atrocities against innocent creatures such as the beautiful elephant.
Apr 1, 2011 10:39 PM CDT
I have been reading all these comments, and I can see only one person actually did some research or knew about the gaming laws in Zimbabwe. It is also not ILLEGAL to HUNT elephant in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa. BOB was NOT poaching he was within the legal right of the Convention On International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora other wise know as the Washington Convention. GO BOB GO!!!!!
Apr 1, 2011 1:50 PM CDT
Controversy boosts GoDaddy's name recognition. Remember the Superbowl commercials?