SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – The founder of website domain hosting firm Go Daddy was under fire on Thursday for an online video showing him proudly killing an elephant in Zimbabwe.
Bob Parsons posted the vacation video to his Arizona company's website, saying this was the second consecutive year he has spent hunting "problem elephants."
"Of everything I do, this is the most rewarding," Parsons said in the video's opening message. He justified killing the elephant on the grounds it was eating a local farmer's crops.
The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) criticized the killing of the elephant and said it is shifting its website away from Go Daddy and closing its account with the company.
"Parsons has killed at least one elephant and a leopard for his personal enjoyment," PETA said at its website.
"Instead of coming up with flimsy excuses for killing these highly intelligent and social animals, Parsons should use his wealth to fund humane solutions to human-elephant conflicts."