Many people post their vacation videos online, but most vacations don’t include killing elephants. Unless you’re Bob Parsons, CEO of web-hosting giant Go Daddy.
Parsons’s vacation video shows him shooting a bull elephant in Zimbabwe who had wandered near a farmer’s crops, and then posing victoriously with his victim. In the next scene, the villagers merrily butcher the animal to the soundtrack of AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” while weirdly sporting Go Daddy baseball caps.
Parsons isn’t just unapologetic about this gruesome event — he called it “one of the most beneficial and rewarding things I do.”
Elephants are considered a vulnerable species, and experts warn that these amazing animals could be extinct within 15 years due to poaching. It doesn’t help that high-profile trophy hunters like Parsons post self-congratulating videos of their kills online.
Thousands of Change.org members have called on Parsons to apologize and use his fortune to protect both elephants and farmers. Click here to add your name to the petition.
Several conservation organizations have found simple solutions to conflicts between elephants and farmers, such as warding off the animals with beehives or scaring away the elephants with light and noise. Crops are saved, and not a single elephant has to die.
Add your voice and tell Parsons to donate the thousands of dollars he spent on his deadly vacation to programs that help farmers without killing elephants: