On March 14, 2011, Bob Parsons, the CEO of GoDaddy.com, uploaded a graphic video of an elephant kill in Zimbabwe, surrounded by local villagers in GoDaddy attire, whom he invited to collect the meat. He claims the kill was to protect local villagers and their crops.
Shortly after the upload of the video, organizations were alerted of its existence, and a boycott of his company began. One World Conservation received this information and forwarded it to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, as well as proper federal authorities, both in the United States and Zimbabwe.
While this is a closed campaign, we urge you not to utilize GoDaddy.com.
His actions are currently under investigation by Zimbabwe authorities.
- When a permit is issued in Zimbabwe, its only for certain locations. Hunting outside of the perimeters is against Zimbabwe law
- The only persons allowed to shoot and kill a rogue elephant in Zimbabwe are wildlife authorities, never a private person; this would make him liable in the United States and Zimbabwe
Upon reentry to the United States, he was stopped by the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, believed to be attempting to bring trophies back in.
Bob Parsons has no remorse for his actions, despite the negative reputation that he has incurred, stating that hes done it for years and will continue to do so in the future.