PETA is closing its Go Daddy account over elephant hunting incident.
Poor Bob Parsons.
The Go Daddy founder is about to lose a few hundred domain name registrations from its client People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
I’m sure he’s just shaking in his boots.
The group is enraged about an elephant hunting video he took in Zimbabwe. The video caught attention after being posted at online petition site Change.org.
Nevermind that Parsons posted a similar video last year. I guess no one saw that.
Parsons loves this kind of attention, and he’s not going to lose any sleep over losing PETA’s account. For every PETA domain he loses he’ll get 3 more registrations from someone else in his NASCAR-loving customer base.
Now, if I may opine on the video for a second.
I’m not a hunter. I’ve only shot a gun once in my life (despite living in Texas). And you all know I’ve had my share of differences with Bob Parsons.
But this uproar over the video just goes to show how myopic people can be. We assume that everyone else is in a similar situation than us and should be held to our standards.
If you lived in Zimbabwe and the only way to feed your family was to get elephants off your property (and eat them), you’d do whatever it took. When it’s a matter of your kid dying or an elephant dying, which one would you choose?
Yeah, it’s easy for me sitting in my cozy office in the United States to say you shouldn’t shoot elephants. Or you shouldn’t become a pirate in Somalia. But many people literally have no choice: it’s die or do something we wouldn’t consider over here.
You think these guys should be worried about emissions from their dirty diesel vehicles when they’re trying to figure out where tomorrow’s dinner will come from?
The only thing I’d be enraged about is if Parsons was paying Robert Mugabe for his visits. If you really want to make a difference in the life of the average Zimbabwe citizen, you’d get rid of that guy.