Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons Shoots Elephant; Animal Rights Activists Go Nuts (VIDEO)

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Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons shot an elephant on a trip to Zimbabwe earlier this month, and, as expected, animal-rights activists are furious.

Parsons posted a video on his blog last week with the title "Hunting Problem Elephant, My 2011 Vacation," which shows him blasting away at an elephant that he claims was trampling crops in a field in Lobola -- hence the "problem elephant."

In one of the captions on the video, Parsons writes that hunting "problem" elephants is the most "rewarding" thing he does.

While Parsons is thrilled with his solution to the elephant "problem" in Zimbabwe, animal-rights activists are calling the video a "gruesome, four-minute elephant snuff film."

The website change.org (we're looking into whether the website uses GoDaddy.com, stay tuned) is a forum for angry activists to create e-petitions supporting various causes (it's essentially a web-based whiners-r-us for people too busy to pick up a picket sign). An animal rights activist from Los Angeles used the site to start a petition called "Tell Go Daddy's CEO: Real Men Don't Kill Elephants."

"While Parsons fancies himself a hero, the fact is there are many more humane, gun-free ways to keep elephants away from crops," animal lover Laura Goldman, the creator of the petition, writes.

"Conservationists and farmers have been working together to create harmless elephant-shooing devices, such as chili-infused string fences, beehives on poles, and people standing guard to bang bamboo sticks, ring cowbells and shine spotlights on the elephants when they approach the crops at night."

Parsons fought back against the haters on his blog yesterday, saying, "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."

Parsons' claims that do-gooder-ism that led him to kill the elephant isn't exactly supported by the audio he selected for the video.

The day after Parsons shoots the elephant, about a hundred villagers -- many of whom are sporting orange "Go Daddy" hats -- are seen cheering as they butcher the animal. AC/DC's "Hells Bells" is playing in the background.

See the video of Parsons gunning down an elephant below.



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Bob Yasert
Bob Yasert

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kat
kat

do any of u eat meat...do u consider the killing of a cow or chicken, or any other meat u consume...I dont believe in senseless killing put those people are attacking that dead elephant cutting it up to eat...the r starving. the problem with activist is u think we can feed the whole world. we have starving people here in the us, kids as well. give those people the guns and teach them how to hunt and kill for themselves is what i say!!!!

Starrtriman
Starrtriman

for shame on you, your scum, rescue not kill, find other ways do not kill,you one day willdie you will have to answer for any killing.starracise

MEMPHISMADONNA
MEMPHISMADONNA

When someone is starving you don't kill it ! YOU FEED IT!!!!!!! that's a crime anyway...b­ecause you don't shoot babies...y­ou shouldn't kill them at all..but you don't shoot babies!

SpireaX
SpireaX

James King is the hater here, not animal rights supporters. You should be ashamed of yourself for penning a love letter to GoDaddy.com's CEO. What? Impartiality is not your forte? Obviously.

John Wood
John Wood

Never been on godaddy.com never will, I've heard his name before (Bob Parsons) but I never knew what a true asshole he is, Thanks for showing me, Dickheads like him need exposed.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Your typical, arrogant, sense of entitlement, elitist old white man. Useless and lacking a conscience or soul.

Paul
Paul

Why don't you use your wealth to relocate the problem elephants? Your very public choice probably wasn't a good PR move.

Notoyate
Notoyate

Whois information for change.orgDomain ID:D3296995-LRORDomain Name:CHANGE.ORGCreated On:18-Jan-1995 05:00:00 UTCLast Updated On:17-Feb-2010 20:44:14 UTCExpiration Date:19-Jan-2020 05:00:00 UTCSponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, Inc. (R91-LROR)>GoDaddy.com

Zeek
Zeek

TARZAN loved elephants. ongawaa he would say to them and they came to his aid to help Tarzan.

Mobrock
Mobrock

Your quote from the petition would suggest that "hater" is an inappropriate moniker for the animal rights activists, or even petition signers.

I found it interesting that you felt the need to use the term generally reserved for hate radio.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

"bang bamboo sticks, ring cowbells and shine spotlights"? Sounds like Country Thunder.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

This guy just completely fucked himself and his company. You're no Richard Branson, dude.

ElephantHuntingIsCool
ElephantHuntingIsCool

I'll bet all those people crowding around that dead elephant in that field didn't tromp down any crops at all. Just imagine if they were considered "problem people" ! ....

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