Oh, yes, here we go. Maybe by now you’ve already seen this video:
Let me just begin by saying I hate GoDaddy. I really, do. I was with them for years but finally made the move away based on their television ad content that I feel are obscene, demeaning to women, and insulting to the intelligence of all, men included. I feel like that lends me to less bias, since one would think I would be more likely to be against anything concerning this company. With that being said, I am even more disappointed in my current registrar, Namecheap, by sending out the following in their newsletter:
It’s not often that we would disagree publicly with a competitor, but we at Namecheap are very disturbed by this video of a competitor killing an elephant for sport. Check out the ABC News Report (Warning: Very Graphic!)
We’ve decided to throw our support behind our Elephant friends by offering domain transfers at a price where we actually lose money.
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On top of that, we’ll donate $1 for each transfer to Save The Elephants at http://www.savetheelephants.org/
Use coupon code BYEBYEGD and let’s help the Elephants together!
This is ridiculous. I am more disappointed that Namecheap is so blatantly trying to profit (in the long run, if not now) by what should be considered a non-incident with GoDaddy’s CEO Bob Parsons. They are attempting to use this situation to their own gain.
Backstory: Parsons was in Zimbabwe this March on a hunting trip. Farmers expressed concern that several male elephants were tearing up their crops. Parsons and party hunted and killed one of at least three elephants in the night. The next day, villagers split up the elephant for meat and from what I gather, the other elephants have not returned to the area where they were damaging crops.
An animal who is damaging crops (or livestock) must be dealt with. Here in Missouri, if an animal, such as a fox, for example, is attacking and harming your other animals, you have the right to trap and/or kill it, in season or not. This is not a small matter for farmers in the US but it’s an even bigger problem for people in places such as Zimbabwe where there is not enough food for the people. If you watched the video, you will have seen where they said more villagers showed up and though the elephant was large, there wasn’t enough food for everyone. You can bet these people did not waste any part of this elephant. I would put money down that they ate everything but the bones.
Parsons shot and killed an animal that was damaging crops and then the animal was put to use, it was not just dropped there and left. Yes, he may have had an enjoyable time hunting, but it was clear that he was not hunting purely for sport. The people were helped in that they were fed for a time AND their crops were protected. I don’t understand what the big deal is here. The people who are complaining that he shot an elephant and some are even saying horrible things such as he should be shot himself – do they expect these people to just let the elephants destroy their food source? Come on! If not Parsons, someone else would have shot it. The only reason this is even an issue is because Parsons is someone of high profile. He’s a CEO, he MUST be bad, right?
I think another big problem for these complainers, at least in the US, is the type of animal. It’s cute, you see it in zoos, so it must be wrong to kill one. We have hogs that run wild here, damaging crops and land and killing other animals but they’re not cute, so I guess it’s ok to kill them, I don’t hear anyone whining that the Conservation Department says shoot, shoot, shoot, we want them gone. Just because your culture does not eat a specific animal or because you think it’s cute, does not make it wrong to kill it and/or eat it. I’m not sure I would want to eat elephant meat myself but I haven’t been raised in a culture that does and, at least for now, I’m thankfully not starving for lack of food. Mountain Lions are beautiful but do you think if one is stalking a farmer’s cows and probably his family, too, that he’s not going to hunt it and kill it?
I’m getting a bit off track here. Here’s a report by ABC:
Can you hear bias in their voices? Well, at least the woman on the right, very slanted.
And in case you didn’t catch it, what did PETA say in their “official” statement?
I am writing to present you with PETA’s first-ever Scummiest CEO of the year award… you deserve the reward for your egregious disregard for the life of the elephant you shot and killed for your personal enjoyment. Such behavior only shows a poverty of understanding and a deep insecurity, perhaps in your own masculinity…
Way to go, Tracey Reiman… let’s resort to name-calling like children, shall we? Name-calling and pokes at someone’s masculinity. Nice. HOW PROFESSIONAL. Not to mention, ignorant, as we have already established this elephant was not shot for personal enjoyment. Just, wow. Not even my 7-year-old acts like that.
PETA excluded because of their desire to make everyone vegetarians, but the average person who is having a conniption fit over this needs to take a close look at their own life. This is not any more extraordinary than the hamburger you eat at McDonald’s or your Original Recipe Kentucky Fried Chicken. The only difference is that you didn’t cut the meat off the cow or chicken yourself. Get off your high horses. Really, you KNOW that not everyone who is complaining is a vegetarian. (Though one of these days, I do want to ask a vegetarian a question: what about the life of the plants that you take?)
I’m glad that Bob Parson’s response is included in the video, however. He states that there are actually too many elephants running around in this area. I am not surprised. When you tag a deer for hunting season here in Missouri, the computer on the phone thanks you for helping to manage Missouri’s deer population. There is NOTHING wrong with hunting when it is managed properly. I am not talking about going out and just shooting everything you see for fun, which you should know by now if you’ve already read all of this. It needs to be properly managed and the animal, whatever it may be, needs to be properly taken care of and not wasted. There are even places you can donate deer meat here to people who are hungry – essentially what Parsons did with the elephant. Do you know what happens when there becomes too many of an animal in a specific area? They not only tear up crops and property but they can become a danger to people’s lives, being more on the highways, for example, or breaking into people’s homes — imagine a set of antlers coming at you or your young child through a plate glass window at 20 mph — and disease will break out among the animals’ ranks therefore causing even more problems. Taking care of this planet doesn’t mean preserving everything, it means managing it properly.
So, Bob Parsons, I stand behind you on this. No, I won’t be returning to GoDaddy but I am seriously considering my decision to be with NameCheap…