No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.
Bob Parsons, CEO of the internet domain hosting company Go Daddy, recently posted a video blog that shows him shooting and killing an elephant while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe.
Despite public outcry from animal rights activists and Go Daddy customers, Parsons says he’s not ashamed of his reprehensible action, and claims he was helping villagers whose crops were trampled.
Watch clips of the disturbing video below:
Although its true that elephant herds can be something of a nuisance to African farmers, there are proven methods of alleviating human-elephant conflicts without injuring or killing elephants, says advocacy group In Defense of Animals.
Real conservationists are working toward real solutions that include promoting responsible land use policies that address the needs of elephants and people so the two can live in harmony, says the group. Non-lethal methods include elephant-repellents such as chile peppers and bees, and guards to make noise and shine spotlights on the elephants when they approach the crops at night.
Despite Parsons’ self-serving claims that elephants are not endangered in Africa because populations may have increased in some countries, the recent increase in poaching and civil strife continue to drive the African elephant toward extinction.
First, I find it hard to believe that Parsons flew all the way from Arizona to Zimbabwe to do the people of this village a solid by slaughtering an innocent elephant.
Second, if Parsons has any real interest in helping African farmers and feeding the people of Zimbabwe, he would dip into his overflowing pockets and contribute to the efforts of real conservation groups working to protect farmers and the wildlife around them. Killing elephants will not solve Zimbabwe’s problems.
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