This is about big Bob Parsons. He’s worth $1.85 billion mainly because he sold a large chunk of the company he founded, GoDaddy, in 2011. He is still the largest shareholder at 28% of the company. He was the CEO and until 2014 the Executive Chairman.
I guess most of us who go online have heard of GoDaddy. They host websites and register domain names; the web address of a website. So PoC’s domain name is pictures-of-cats.org.
That’s the background. In the picture heading the page he nonchalantly rests his sorry arse against a bull elephant he has just shot in Zimbabwe. This is not hot-of-the-press news because the photo is at least three years old. However, it was his second year shooting elephants.
He claimed he was providing a service because the dead elephant had trampled on a farmer’s crops.
“For the second year in a row, I spent 10 days hunting problem elephants in Zimbabwe. Of everything I do, this is the most rewarding.”
So, Mr Parsons enjoys shooting endangered elephants. It reminds me of Dr Kristen Lindsey. She likes to kill animals too as do all sport hunters.
His argument is that elephants are not endangered in Zimbabwe. However, pretty well the entire world population by now understand that African elephants are endangered mainly because they are poached for their ivory to feed the insatiable appetite for ivory in China. China is at it again destroying nature.
Parsons is just trying to justify his lust for sporting hunting. Feeble I am afraid. He knows he is wrong.
The IUCN Red List classification for the African elephant is sadly out of date being last assessed in 2004 as “Vulnerable”. Since then things have changed dramatically through extensive poaching.
I suspect that Parson’s wealth has brought him into contact with the President of Zimbabwe, Mugabe, and he has bunged him a few million bucks to be given free rein to shoot elephants.
The reason why elephants are on farmland is because farmers encroach on the elephant’s land. The elephant was there first. This is what is happening with cheetahs, for example and other big cats. Due to a rapidly expanding human population in Africa, the wild cats are forced to share land with farmers. You can guess what the outcome usually is.
Parsons should have funnelled some of his riches into true conservation. Then he could have been genuinely proud of his behavior.