Tell Go Daddy's Founder: Real Men Don't Kill Elephants
  • Petitioned Barbara Rechterman

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Chief Marketing Officer, Go Daddy
Barbara Rechterman
Executive Chairman, Go Daddy
Bob Parsons
CEO, Go Daddy
Warren Adelman

Tell Go Daddy's Founder: Real Men Don't Kill Elephants

    1. Laura Goldman
    2. Petition by

      Laura Goldman

      Torrance, CA

In a video blog he posted on March 14, 2011, Go Daddy Founder and Executive Chairman Bob Parsons shoots and kills an elephant while he’s on vacation in Africa.

"Each year I go to Zimbabwe and hunt problem elephant," Parsons writes. "It's one of the most benefecial and rewarding things I do."

Hunting Problem Elephant  –  My 2011 Vacation is basically a gruesome, 4-minute elephant snuff film. Parsons guns down a bull elephant and then poses beside the carcass. The next morning, dozens of villagers – all wearing Go Daddy hats  –  are shown butchering the fallen beast.

“Bulls do not return to fields. Crops are saved. Team leaves to find another farmer in need of help,” the end title reads.

While Parsons fancies himself a hero, the fact is there are many more humane, gun-free ways to keep elephants away from crops.

Conservationists and farmers have been working together to create harmless elephant-shooing devices, such as chili-infused string fences, beehives on poles, and  people standing guard to bang bamboo sticks, ring cowbells and shine spotlights on the elephants when they approach the crops at night.

If Parsons truly wants to be a hero, he should donate the thousands of dollars he spent to kill that elephant on his vacation to organizations that are working on humane ways to resolve the problem all year round.

Photo credit: Parsonsrep



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. Bob Parsons Earns 2011 Domain Dunce Award

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer has awarded Go Daddy's Bob Parsons its 2011 Domain Dunce award: "In March, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons posted a video of him shooting a 'problem elephant' in Zimbabwe. The video went viral after someone posted it to and asked people to boycott GoDaddy...The year before this incident Parsons posted an elephant shooting video but it didn’t catch on. It wasn’t until a year later, a new video, and the posting that people got up in arms."

    3. December 29 is "Dump Go Daddy" Day

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Not only did its founder unapologetically kill an elephant, but Go Daddy initially supported the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which threatens free speech ( Although the company later flip-flopped on its support, angry customers have removed more than 37,000 domains. You can dump Go Daddy and help elephants at the same time by switching to a new, animal-friendly provider through Help an Elephant's "Go Elly" web page. A donation will be made to an organization supporting elephants for every order placed through links on the page.

    4. Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      This week Terry Anderson, executive director of PERC (Property and Environment Research Center), criticized PETA and other animal rights groups for their reaction to Parsons' shooting of the elephant. "Parsons’ hunt epitomizes results rather than rhetoric and shows how active conservationists can help both people and wildlife," Anderson wrote.

    5. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Bob Parsons was silent on Twitter for more than two weeks after the elephant killing controversy erupted. He's back now, but keep signing and sharing (and tweeting @DrBobParsons) to show that he can't just make this go away.

    6. Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Total damage to Go Daddy from elephant shooting: about 100,000 domains

    7. Reached 25 signatures
    8. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      GoDaddy Elephant Killing Video Mysteriously, But Heavily Edited:

    9. Go Daddy CEO Still Thinks He's a Hero, Zimbabweans Disagree

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Despite the uproar over his infamous elephant-hunting video, Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons still insists he was doing the people of Zimbabwe a favor, and has vowed to return and do the same thing next year. And the year after that.
      In interviews, Parsons...

    10. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Performing Animal Welfare Society, which operates a sanctuary for elephants and other abused exotic animals, has also taken their business from Go Daddy.

      As president Pat Derby writes: "Elephant specialists are speaking out against the misguided and dangerous actions of hunters like Parsons who are actually 'putting villagers and others who encounter the pachyderms in more danger.'"

    11. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Venovix is the latest to offer a deal for Go Daddy customers that supports elephant conservation through the International Elephant Foundation. For details:

      "Upon learning of the disheartening story of Bob Parsons killing an African elephant, we decided to cease our involvement with GoDaddy," Michelle Sciuto, marketing director and co-founder of Venovix, states. "Recognizing the technical challenges others face when switching domain registrars and web hosting providers, we're helping those who feel compelled to make the transition with us. Venovix will take care of the technical details for free and give you six months of annual web hosting for free. All we ask is for your support of the conservation of elephants with a donation to the International Elephant Foundation."

    12. Reached 20 signatures
    13. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Namecheap has raised over $20K to protect elephants over the past few days, thanks to their special promotion for Go Daddy customers wanting to switch companies. That means Go Daddy lost an estimated 20,000 accounts to Namecheap because of Parsons' elephant-killing vacation.

    14. Reached 12 signatures
    15. Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      The original video has been edited to "shine a more positive light" on the hunting trip, according to . Among other changes, the AC/DC soundtrack was removed along with the photos of Parsons posing beside the dead elephant.

    16. Community Helps Go Daddy Elephant-Killing Video Go Viral

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      It was the tweet that roared.
      On his Twitter account, on March 14, Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons posted, “Just back from hunting problem elephant in Zimbabwe. Here's my vacation video. Enjoy.”
      I saw a retweet a week or so later, and clicked the...

    17. Reached 5 signatures
    18. Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Parsons told he believes the people complaining about the video are a small minority: "Most Americans understand that people need to eat.”

    19. Reached 4 signatures
    20. Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      The chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force told AOL News the truth about killing "problem" elephants:

    21. Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, has asked his staff to find another host for its 650 domains:

    22. Reached 3 signatures
    23. Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Yet another domain provider is offering a $4.99 transfer deal. will donate $1 of each transfer to Heifer International. Use coupon code FEEDAFRICA.

    24. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      TIME Techland asks: "If 's CEO Shoots Elephants, Would You Switch Providers?"

    25. Reached 2 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Claire Maddlone ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why does this man look so stupid?

    • Rick Holding JACKSON HOLE, WY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Rich people are sometimes just *ssholes. "Problem" elephants are only a problem because of man's stupidity and small-mindedness. Don't be such an ass. Stop killing innocent animals you rich jerk.

    • Nicole Hornberger DORAL, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Unbelievable, that someone is THAT short-sighted! I will be switching away from Go Daddy for good!

    • Angela Moore LANGLEY TWP, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      You sick rich fuck,you don't have another cause that would some joy to the world? I hope your tiny balls are shot off and chopped up too

    • Susan Galbreath LINCOLN PARK, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      wow, that is abhorrent and repulsive


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