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GoDaddy Founder Sparks Furor After Posting Elephant Hunting Video

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- founder Bob Parsons is in big trouble with animal rights activists after posting a video of his hunting trip in Zimbabwe, which shows him and a team of hunters killing an elephant.

The founder of the Web hosting company is also seen in a photo posing next to the fallen animal, with the butt of his rifle on the slain elephant’s head.

Additionally, the video flashes forward to the next day, showing villagers butchering the elephant for meat while wearing GoDaddy hats as the song “Hells Bells” by AC/DC is played as a soundtrack.

Parsons contends that elephants were destroying the villagers' crops and had to be stopped.  He linked to the video from his Twitter account earlier in March, saying, “Just back from hunting problem elephant in Zimbabwe.  Here's my vacation video.  Enjoy.”

It didn't take long for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to call Parsons “heinous” and the “scummiest CEO of the year.  There’s also a petition on with the heading “Real Men Don't Kill Elephants.”

While Parsons claims his critics don’t understand why the elephant had to be slain, one of his competitors,, will give discounts to GoDaddy customers who switch domains to their service.  NameCheap also says $1 of each transfer will be contributed to the Save the Elephants organization.

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