The CEO of GoDaddy.com is under fire for an online video that shows him shooting and killing an elephant in Zimbabwe.
Bob Parsons, founder of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based web-hosting service, posted the graphic video on his Twitter account on March 14. The footage, shot March 8, shows him hunting an elephant on a farm and posing with a shotgun beside its corpse.
Parsons said he killed the animal for the good of local farmers whose crops are often destroyed by elephants. The video shows him walking through a field of flattened sorghum plants, which he said had been crushed by roaming elephants.
"They are subsistence farmers. If their crop isn't harvested, they don't eat," Parsons said.
He called the fact that the elephant meat provided food for the people "a bonus."