GoDaddy CEO’s Elephant Hunting Inspires Individuals to Donate Money to Save Elephants

by , 04/12/11
filed under: Environment, Green Rant

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A couple weeks ago we reported on the killing of an elephant for sport by GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons. As shocking as the news may have been, it seems that in a strange turn of events it may have come as a winning situation for GoDaddy’s competitor Namecheap. After pledging to donate $1 to Save The Elephants for every domain transfered from GoDaddy, Namecheap ended up with $20,000 to donate to the foundation.

In the video Parsons posted weeks ago, the CEO tried to vindicate his actions by reasoning that elephants were trampling crops that  could lead to starvation of the farmers. One day after the elephant was killed, a rowdy crowd of villagers can be seen tearing the animal to shreds for its meat. Some say it was a win-win for the farmers and villagers, while others were the disgusting display of animal cruelty.

“It’s a very sad, tragic thing when elephants have to be shot. I find the glorification totally out of place,” Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the founder of Save The Elephants, said Wednesday.

What are your thoughts?

via The Huffington Post

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  1. jimtodeski April 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    This is disgusting. I actually just found out about a company called HostPapa where using the coupon code “elephant” they’ll donate $5 dollars to . They’ll also give you 3 months free! So I’m switching over all my sites hosted through GoDaddy to them immediately.

  2. caeman April 13, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Odd. Why not donate money to the villages that need the money? If the villagers had that money, they wouldn’t have to depend on hunters for income. THAT would save the elephants AND the villagers.

    But, in the typical liberal hippy mindset, animals come before humans.

  3. lazyreader April 13, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Get over yourself……..Hunting in the United States is not associated with any particular class or culture. In fact, 78% of Americans support legal hunting. Regulation of hunting within the United States dates from the 19th century. Some modern hunters see themselves as conservationists and sportsmen in the mode of Theodore Roosevelt and the Boone and Crockett Club. Local hunting clubs and national organizations provide hunter education and help protect the future of the sport by buying land for future hunting use. America is not running out of deer, no sir and we shoot them as much as Duck Hunt on Nintendo. Animals hunted in America will probably never go extinct because their are legal catch limits and the demand to have them helps keep them around. Each year, nearly $200 million in hunters’ federal excise taxes are distributed to state agencies to support wildlife management programs, the purchase of lands open to hunters as well as campers and backpackers. One dead elephant is worth a lot to the locals. In Tanzania for instance, it is estimated that a safari hunter spends 50-100 times that of the average eco-tourist. The average photo tourist may demand luxury accommodations. In contrast, the average safari hunter stays in tented camps. Safari hunters are also more likely to use remote areas, uninviting to the average eco-tourist. Advocates argue that these hunters allow for anti-poaching activities and revenue for local communities that have revenue for conservation, land purchase and in the future, genetic and breeding programs. If you make something illegal, people break the law, that’s why we have poaching, cause they don’t care about the law and the locals don’t have the money to support initiatives, their to busy trying to feed their children. In Africa they kill gorillas for bushmeat, they also do it to clear out park rangers need to be there, so they can go into the forest’s to make charcoal, the principal fuel source for the third world. Most of the world’s energy does not come from petroleum, it comes from wood. All this because the industrialized world is filled with elitist’s who oppose drilling for natural gas. Those same opponents of GMO foods like those assholes from Greenpeace who convinced many poor African countries to turn down the food seeds which could have produced more food per acre and reduced the demand for additional land so we wouldn’t have to move in on to elephant turf in the first place. If some rich white guy can a ease the burden on many locals suffering from poverty, more power to him. Ivory is a dirty word, but, they make great billiard balls. In Maryland, we went through such great lengths and debates when we tried to get rid of the swans, which we’re eating the grasses. Grasses that were crucial to the Chesapeake bay region for crabs and shellfish to spawn in. They were an invasive species and getting rid of them would have seemed……beneficial for the fishing industry and the environment. Food for thought. Which only goes to show people only focus on conservation if the animal happens to be cute. The California Condor was the ugliest thing the federal government ever paid to protect. Try making a stuffed animal out of that World Wildlife Fund. In nature we see a lion tear a gazelles gut out. Spiders who eat their prey while it’s still alive. If there’s anything I learned from David Attenborough is that nature is cruel.

  4. karthikb April 13, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Sick bastard!

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