Change.org Community Helps Go Daddy Elephant-Killing Video Go Viral

by Laura Goldman · April 04, 2011
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It was the tweet that roared.

On his Twitter account, on March 14, Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons posted, “Just back from hunting problem elephant in Zimbabwe. Here's my vacation video. Enjoy.”

I saw a retweet a week or so later, and clicked the link, hoping it was a a lame joke. It wasn’t. There was nothing remotely enjoyable about Parsons' graphic "vacation video."

If you haven't already seen it, it's a 4-minute chronicle of Parsons shooting a bull elephant and posing proudly beside his kill. The next day, hundreds of villagers, all wearing Go Daddy baseball caps, are shown butchering the carcass as AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" plays.

I hoped that anyone with compassion for animals would feel as repulsed as I did, so I wrote about the video and posted a petition asking Parsons to find a humane way to deal with the problem of elephants invading crops.

In an Arizona Republic story the next day (Go Daddy is based in Phoenix), Parsons said he thought the alternative solutions I listed were “ridiculous,” and mocked Change.org members. "I wonder how many of those people from Change.org will be on their way to Zimbabwe with bee hives and chili pepper covered string during the next harvest,” he said. “My guess is none."

Two days later, PETA bestowed Parsons with its “Scummiest CEO of the Year Award,” and announced it was cancelling its accounts with Go Daddy. The video went viral.

Following in PETA's footsteps, the Humane Society of the United States announced on Friday that it will move its 650 domains to another provider. Realizing that their money is helping to fund these expeditions, scores of disgusted Go Daddy customers have been transferring their accounts to other companies.

If you want to dump Go Daddy, the following web-hosting companies are offering discounted transfer fees, and some are donating part of the fees to animal welfare organizations:

  • Namecheap.com was one of the first companies to offer a discount for Go Daddy customers. It is charging $4.99 for up to 10 transferred domains, and donating one dollar per transfer to Save The Elephants. Use the coupon code BYEBYEGD. The offer runs through April 4.
  • Manicanet.com will donate 100 percent of the first month of hosting to your choice of Save The Elephants, Elephant Nature Park or Bush Warriors. It will also donate $2 of the transfer fee to your selected charity.
  • Domain.com is charging $4.99 for the first 12 domains transferred, and donating one dollar from each transfer to Heifer International. Use the coupon code FEEDAFRICA. The offer expires on April 7.
  • Network Solutions is offering a discounted $6.99 fee for both new and transferred domains. Use the coupon code ELEPHANT.

In the AOL News story, "Zimbabwe Expert: The Truth About Killing 'Problem' Elephants," Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said of the video, "I've seen so many of the atrocities against elephants and other wildlife here that it sickens me to bottom of my soul."

Please join the more than 5,000 people who have signed the petition telling Parsons that if he truly wants to be a hero, he should donate the thousands of dollars he spends on hunting safaris to organizations working on humane solutions to protect crops and wildlife.

Photo credit: Kevin Krejci

Laura Goldman is an award-winning writer and longtime animal advocate who lives in the Los Angeles area with two pit bull mix pound pups.
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