GoDaddy CEO Films Himself Killing an Elephant
Bob Parsons, CEO of web hosting giant GoDaddy, recently went on vacation in strife-torn Zimbabwe. While there, he shot and killed an elephant, and made a bizarre souvenir video of his trophy kill to boot. Parsons claims the elephant was terrorizing villagers and destroying farmers’ sorghum crops, threatening their livelihood and thus justifying the kill. However, Parsons seems ignorant of the fact that there are non-lethal alternatives to shooting the animal. My guess is “saving the farmers” was just an excuse for Parsons to kill the majestic creature.
If there is a silver lining to this story, it is that the local villagers (many of them wearing bright orange GoDaddy baseball caps) butchered the elephant’s meat. But what began as an orderly process quickly deteriorated into a free-for-all as too many villagers attempted to divvy up too little elephant. Hunger is a very real problem in Zimbabwe, ruled as it is by the corrupt despot Robert Mugabe, who lives in opulence while his people exist on the brink of starvation.
Parsons defends the killing. He released 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.”
Having the support of the Mugabe regime is like having O.J. Simpson endorse your glove company. And if Parsons really gave a damn about elephant management, he would get involved with a conservation organization that works to achieve a livable balance between humans and elephants instead of shooting them.
All the usual suspects have expressed their outrage at Parsons’ actions. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent him a letter in which he was “honored” with the animal welfare organization’s “first-ever Scummiest CEO of the Year Award.” PETA also informed Parsons that they’re “taking [their] domain-name business elsewhere.”
Parsons responded by crying extortion: “I understand PETA has an agenda, but I refuse to go along with their extortion-style practice,” he said.
Here’s Parson’s video. Be warned, it features graphic elephant hunting footage as well as the carnage of the villagers butchering the animal.
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