Bob Parsons, the CEO of domain registry company GoDaddy, apparently enjoys hunting endangered species for fun. Parsons recently posted the above video on his blog, which shows him hunting an elephant in Africa after it trampled crops. In the video, he states, “For the second year in a row, I spent 10 days hunting problem elephants in Zimbabwe. Of everything I do, this is the most rewarding.” Rewarding?! We think “horrifying” and “nauseating” would be more apt descriptions.Parsons justifies hunting elephants by saying that they destroy crops and could lead to the starvation of farmers and their families. The hunt takes place at night, and a bull elephant is shot, allegedly by Parsons. A stomach-turning image shows Parson proudly leaning on the dead elephant.
GoDaddy immediately came under fire from animal rights groups and environmental activists. PETA reportedly closed their account with GoDaddy, and gave Parsons the “first ever scummiest CEO of the year award.” The Examiner reports that Parsons defended his actions, writing, “He states PETA and other humane organizations are ‘misinformed’ and in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa elephants are not endangered.” But according to both the World Wildlife Fund and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, African elephants are indeed endangered.
A GoDaddy competitor, NameCheap.com, has taken the GoDaddy’s huge misstep as an opportunity. NameCheap is offering a transfer of domain names from GoDaddy for $4.99 with 20 percent of the profits going to SaveTheElephants.com. So far, no GoDaddy representative has commented on the situation.