Go Daddy CEO Takes Flak Over Elephant Hunt
Bob Parsons, the sometimes flamboyant CEO of domain company Go Daddy, recently posted a video of himself hunting an elephant that had been causing crop damage for a farmer in Zimbabwe. The video caused a firestorm of criticism from various anti-hunting and animal rights groups and many are boycotting or leaving Go Daddy for competitors. ABC News has a write up and partial video of the hunt.
Bob Parsons said there is a persistent problem in that part of Zimbabwe, where elephants trample farmers' crops in an area that is already short of food. "In Zimbabwe, the people there are incredibly impoverished," Parsons told Mashable. "They treasure an empty plastic water bottle. It's heart-wrenching to watch. ... These people are all subsistence farmers, and if they don't have a good harvest, they starve. That's it -- there's no support, there's no welfare, and if they starve, they will die."