According to a Business Wire report this month, with business booming for Web hosting provider and domain name registrar, GoDaddy.com, the organization has put into effect some charitable activity. Most recently, GoDaddy.com donated approximately $2.5 million for the fight against Parkinson’s disease, leading Bob Parsons (News - Alert), GoDaddy.com CEO and founder, to receive the surprise honor of the Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award.
During the presentation of the esteemed award at a Celebrity Fight Night charity event, Parsons offered another $1 million in matched donation from the night’s event. Needless to say, the generous maneuver led to a larger than expected response in donations.
As the Business Wire reported, “Go Daddy’s sole owner is at the heart of his company’s philanthropic tradition.” The company and its CEO have donated more than $2.8 million to numerous causes, “making a difference” in the world.
However, to animal rights activists, PETA, Parsons’ contribution to the world isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Apparently, while Parsons is planning to conquer and destroy Parkinson’s disease, he is also on the hunt for elephants. Reportedly, a video has been posted displaying Parsons shooting an elephant on a recent hunting trip in Zimbabwe, Africa.
A recent ABC15.com article describes that in the video, Parsons and his hunting party “locate the elephants and open fire, killing a bull elephant while the rest of the heard runs away from them. Parsons then poses with a few pictures with his quarry. The video then cuts to the next day where villagers, wearing GoDaddy hats, butcher the elephant for its meat.”
Although defending his actions with the argument that elephants in the Zimbabwe region are far from becoming extinct, and in fact, overrunning the region, PETA remains appalled by the actions and the graphic display of trophy hunting.
It appears Parsons soon will have an award to accompany the Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award on his shelf, as PETA issued the following statement:
"I am writing to present you with PETA's first-ever scummiest CEO of the year award (your certificate is on the way). You deserve the award for your egregious disregard for the life of the elephant you shot and killed for your personal enjoyment. Such behavior only shows a poverty of understanding and a deep insecurity, perhaps in your own masculinity. Nonlethal methods are available to protect crops from elephants left hungry because of their disappearing habitat."Jaclyn Allard is a TMCnet Web Editor. She most recently worked on the production team at Juran Institute, a quality consulting firm producing its own training and marketing materials. Previously, she interned at Curbstone Press, a nonprofit publishing press in Willimantic, CT, and fulfilled the role of Editor-in-Chief for the literature and arts journal published by the University of Connecticut. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Janice McDuffee