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US internet executive under fire for killing an elephant in Zimbabwe

US Internet Executive Under Fire For Killing An Elephant In Zimbabwe

Following the posting of a video showing Bob Parsons shooting a “problem” 
elephant, animal rights activists quickly launched a campaign to boycott his 
Web domain name-hosting business,

Sandra Nyaira | Washington  01 April 2011

Competing US domain name providers were offering promotions encouraging 
potential customers to leave

The chief executive of a US Internet company has come under fire by animal 
rights activists for shooting an elephant while on holiday recently in 

Activists launched a campaign to boycott, a Web domain name 
hosting firm, after CEO Bob Parsons posted a video of himself shooting what 
he described as a ”problem elephant.”

The video went viral as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 
denounced the Web executive, describing him as “the scummiest CEO on earth.”

Some objected in particular to the segment of the video clip in which 
villagers wearing baseball hats butchered the elephant for meat.

Parsons has said that he stands by his actions, arguing that such hunts feed 
starving villagers. “These people have literally nothing and when an 
elephant is killed it’s a big event for them, they are going to be able to 
eat some protein,” Parsons wrote on his video blog. “This is no different 
than you or I eating beef.”

Competing US domain name providers were offering promotions encouraging 
potential customers to leave Domain provider NameCheap offered 
to donate a dollar to Save the Elephants for every domain name switched from

PETA spokeswoman Ashley Gonzalez told VOA’s Sandra Nyaira that Parsons 
should use his money to empower villagers and provide protected areas for 

Program Coordinator Sally Wynn of the Zambezi Society said human-elephant 
conflicts are a real problem in Zimbabwe as the two species live in close 
proximity. Wynn said the Zimbabwean government authorizes hunting safaris in 
certain areas.


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