GoDaddy Chief Blasted for Elephant Kill
The CEO of GoDaddy.com is facing criticism for an online video that shows him shooting and killing an elephant in Zimbabwe.
Bob Parsons, founder of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based web-hosting service, posted the graphic video on his Twitter account on March 14. The footage, shot March 8, shows him hunting an elephant on a farm and posing with a shotgun beside its corpse.
Then, it shows locals crowding around the dead animal and cutting off pieces of its meat.
Now, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has initiated an online boycott of GoDaddy.com and its services until Parsons “stops shooting animals,” according to the organization’s website.
Parsons’ own website has also been inundated by negative comments protesting the video.
“A lot of the people who are upset about this are animal lovers,” Parsons told CNN. “Their heart is in the right place, but they just don’t understand the situation.”