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Bob Parsons, chief executive of the market-leading domain name registrar Go Daddy, has come to blows with animal-rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), after he shot an African elephant and posted the video online. bobparsonselephantkillingscum Problem CEO Parsons on the prowl... PETA …

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PETA or PITA?

You choose.

Meh? I'm for the latter!

Yeah, yeah, OK, it was a bad pun, and the rhyme was verse!

The one with Roget's Thesaurus in the pocket, thanks.

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Mmmmmm

People Eating Tasty Animals

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The irony is delicous....

"The domain peta.org appears to be currently registered with Go Daddy"

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Ironic given how PETA killed 2,200 pets in 2010, 93.8% of all they recieved

Pets Killed By PETA

Year Received Transferred Adopted Killed

2010 2,345 63 44 1.86% 2,200 93.8%

2009 2,366 31 8 0.34% 2,301 97.3%

2008 2,216 34 7 0.32% 2,124 95.8%

2007 1,997 35 17 0.85% 1,815 90.9%

2006 3,061 46 12 0.39% 2,981 97.4%

2005 2,165 69 146 6.74% 1,946 89.9%

2004 2,655 1 361 13.60% 2,278 85.8%

2003 2,224 1 312 14.03% 1,911 85.9%

2002 2,680 2 382 14.25% 2,298 85.7%

2001 2,685 14 703 26.18% 1,944 72.4%

2000 2,681 28 624 23.27% 2,029 75.7%

1999 1,805 91 386 21.39% 1,328 73.6%

1998* 943 125 133 14.10% 685 72.6%

Total 29,823 540 3,135 10.56% 25,840 85.9%

Official PETA documents (pdf) filed with State of Virginia:

http://tinyurl.com/PetaKillsAnimals-pdf

http://www.petakillsanimals.com/

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but

I bet they don't do it for sport though, eh?

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And...

... I bet no one gets to eat the dead ones.

What a waste.

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Peta are fanatical hypocritical pricks and that guy is a dickless turd. No one comes out of it well.

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Ah Sarah..

The voice of reason.

... That may have sounded sarcastic but was not intended that way. Yes, I'm putting a disclaimer in my comment.

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So perhaps they missed off the K?

Being the People for the Ethical Transferral, Adoption and Killing of animals, PETAK.org...

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Heh, you've obviously experienced Go Daddy as well

Go Daddy == scum sucking puffed up pieces of blow fish turd

They _will not_ remove a person's account details even when directly asked.

Unethical as all heck.

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Question

Is it problem elephants? Or problem people?

Have the elephants encroached on to the farmland, or has the farmland encroached into (or has farming drained the water and killed) the elephant's normal habitat?

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This is Zimbabwe

Given the state of Mugabeland, it is a wonder any elephants are left at all.

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Elephants in Mugabeland

Living in South Africa, I got to visit Mugabeland in 2005. In Hwange National Park, we saw elephants - huge amounts. Seeing them after a while got pretty damn boring, actually.

They are incredibly destructive, and the vegetation for mile upon mile was limited to stripped and broken tress, as they moved through the areas feeding. As I understand it, the balance of animals was way out, with little control of elephant populations and poaching of anything smaller being rampant.

In areas where people live (hopefully outside any recognised parks) rogue elephants must be immensely troublesome. Control of the populations (including culling) is necessary, but I disagree with renting out the opportunity to commercial hunters. There's no indication his shooting was sanctioned by any authorities with both the animal and the villagers best interests in mind, but lets hope it was. Unfortunately, money talks there, and you can hunt almost anything you want. PETA normally have the wrong end of the stick, but posting such a video was stupid on his part, undoubtedly.

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Hmmm

As GoDaddy's primary market is male geeks (thus its vaguely softporn-ish commercials), and PETA's main membership is whatever the opposite of that is, it is not difficult to imagine that a PETA-led boycott would actually help GoDaddy's bottom line...

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Elephant legs

Explains where the donner kebab meat comes from.

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A valuable contribution to the discourse.

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Given that

PETA slay over 2000 "problem" animals each year the double irony of this is breathtaking.

I think his analysis of the outcome of some tree hugging fuckwitts with chilli string is both apt and amusing and would make an excellent video as well.

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Titular

I think the issue is not that he dealt with a "problem animal" by killing it but that he filmed it and then posed over the corpse like a redneck idiot.

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PETA

*People Eating Tasty Animals

FTFY

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Licensed cull...

As much as I would question anyone that shoots an animal for a hobby, these are licensed culls. They sell the right to shoot an animal that needs to be culled. One way or the other, the animal was doomed.

I cant comment on alternative ways of dealing with the problem. I know that licenses are often given for animals that need to be put down for humane reasons.

I am not pro hunting in the least, never having killed anything bigger than a wasp, but it appears that most game hunters are actually ecologist and ironically also love animals. Hunting to them is about doing the primitive thing and they are generally very big on keeping nature as it was.

Mind you, images from South Park are still engraved in my brain "Its comming right for us..".....

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People Eating Tasting Animals v.s. GoDaddy ...

Seems to me both are ignorable media whores.

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Polygonal PETA

There can be many sides to every story, his reasoning I think is sound (downvote now) but I am undecided as to whether the publicity is itself justified, or it is justified and posting on YouTube is not the right way to go about it, or posting to Youtube is a reasonable way of making knowledge about herd culling available to a wider audience but you could at least show some remorse. In the end, man's encroachment on wild habitat is to blame. All I do know is that the elephants are still the victim, however you look at it.

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Killing for personal enjoyment

If you're shooting elephants for fun at least admit it. What a complete twat.

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Sauce for the goose

If you're eating animals for enjoyment, at least admit what is going on to keep you fed. Free world, no laws broken. The guy may be a jerk but ethical hunting isn't what makes him one.

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"many die each year from starvation"

where? In the village you were visiting? or a 1000 km way? or are you just another white American who think that Africa is a single country where everyone is poor and starving?

what I find surprising about those "problem animals", is that they seem to appear right when some businessman feel like hunting.... and by pure coincidence those "problem animals" happened to be what the businessman wanted to hunt!

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Same argumment

As why of why oh why are landfill sites always sited under flocks of seagulls?

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Offense is obvious. A CEO should know better

It's one thing to travel around the world for culling/animal population control. It's quite another to effectively make an "animal snuff" film where you take pride of place in it and then publish it online to a global population.

It's like Jay Leno the US comedian quiped, "See, in America, we like everyone to know the good work we're doing anonymously!"

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Problem?

Some folks want to hunt things. Some areas have too many of a particular animal which needs culling (or have a specimen of that animal which is considered too dangerous). Putting the two together seems a natural combination.

Sure, across Africa as a whole, elephant numbers are well down. But in certain areas, there are far too many of them. And apparently you can't easily cart them around - quite apart from the whole size problem, elephant herds reportedly don't respond well to newcomers being dropped in by well-meaning humans.

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Elephant

Don't like the man, don't like his leisure activities. Don't like the tendentious nonsense he covers it all with. Hunting has place, of course. But this isn't it. Guy, you are not rescuing Zimbabweans. You're just a corpulent holiday maker who likes to shoot elephants, and pays a lot for the privilege. Just say that. Be a man.

Not that keen on PETA either.

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Sweet

Occassionally news stories have a gem in the last paragraph. This story meets that criteria fully.

Top reporting.

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Please...

"that criterion"

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Competitors running ad campaigns about this

Got an e-mail from Namecheap with an offer for discounted domain transfers with a donation to "Save the Elephants" included.

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It's just a ploy

Given the style of GoDaddy advertising his objectives here are clear:

He's trying to get some naked PETA protesters around the office.

Seriously though, drawing complaints from PETA, Greenpeace or any of the other anti-human, pro-stoneage eugenicist groups is always a badge of honour.

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PETA

The guys seems like a twat, but as PETA are the reason I can't nip to my local supermarket when I fancy a nice bit of foie gras on my toast I'm not a big fan of them either.

Fortnum & Mason here I come...

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foie gras

Round where I live, I can get foie gras on my takeaway *pizza*.

Of course, it's in France, but there you go.

See http://www.laboiteapizza.com/ if you don't believe me.

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Excellent!

Vive la France!

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Ewwwww....

Not happy with plain boring slimy liver? Have exploded liver instead... Yummy.

NOT!

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@AC ref PETA and Fois Gras

Uhm.... Fois Gras is a tricky topic. It involves force feeding a duck using a funnel several times a day. Its very very wrong.

No sane person would approve that type of farming. The tricky part of this is fois gras is incredibly tasty and people turn a blind eye .... me included. Hopefully someone will save my sole and have the whole process banned soon.....

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Your sole....

Is a replacement for Fois Gras.....

Hmmmmm sets up feet reprocessign plant

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Not an advertisement I promise

Namecheap are jumping on the Anti-GD bandwagon by offering to donate money to an elephant charity if you transfer your domains names to them.

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If God had intended us to be vegetarians...

... he wouldn't have made meat so tasty.

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If God had not intended us to eat animals

then why did He make them out of meat?

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what are you made out of then?

Or are you in favour of cannibalism?

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Humane meat

In my opinion, it is hypocritical to oppose hunting in general unless you are a vegetarian. Hunted meat is _clearly_ more humane than factory meat. I've been in packing plants, and I'm sure there are enough scenes on the internet to give one a flavor of the environment. (sorry :) Failing that, read "The Jungle" by Sinclair or for a more modern take "Fast Food Nation" to get an idea of where your food comes from.

Personally, I'm a pro-hunting ethical vegan, and not surprisingly the only one in my gun club.

(note that I speak of hunting in general, there are legitimate arguments for and against hunting of specific species)

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Saving Hungry Zimbabweans

If he'e really serious about saving the locals then maybe he should be shooting Brother Robert and his cronies?

Just a little bit of political satire in the Ben Elton mould.

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just avoid godaddy anyway

I just avoid using Godaddy anyway because their customer service was shocking, pulling my domain without notice because some unsubstantiated claim of copywrite infringment and not replying back to several emails sent over a period of weeks.

Surely if Bob Parsons was wanting to help save locals in Africa he could donate some of his bank balance to charity's working in the area instead of shooting elephants?

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Meat is murder

Tasty, tasty murder

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"Scummiest CEO of the Year Award"

That's preposterous. Completely unfair and disgusting.

I mean, Ellison has been working HARD for that title.

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Sorry

I'm sure there's some very serious underlying issues at hand here. But I simply can't get past the bees on a stick part.

That's going to have me giggling for days.

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:-D

You could say the CEO ran a"trunc"-ated function on the elephant's life. *ba dum chh*

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