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Go Daddy CEO hunts elephants: video.


Good, god. Bored rich white men pretending to care about farmers, while pretending to be men. Men protect. Men find solutions. Men don’t entertain at the expense of others.

Elephants are scheduled to be extinct in the wild in less than 10 years, now. There are many groups working to solve elephant/farmer relations—most problems result, of course, from human encroachment on what little wild is left.

PETA’s letter, and Parson’s response, including:

“I understand that your heart is the right place, but you simply don’t have the facts. I’ve been over there six times now and work hard to help the farmers and villagers. The meat they get from the few elephants we take (which were in the process of destroying their crops) is literally the only protein they get. It’s not like the USA where one can drive through a McDonald’s.”

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Nathan Apr 4, 2011 1:10pm

I'm late to this, but my feeling is that the knee-jerk reaction — this guy is just a macho, gun-toting, anti-elephant, whatever — is really misplaced. We — as environmentalists — have to be careful about demonizing stuff like this. We look naive and silly. Apparently, this is something that Parsons does on a regular basis (his third year, as he states in the video), but he decided to publicize the activity this time. So, he likely hunts for sport, is there anything inherently immoral in hunting? Not likely, though I understand there are people who believe so (just as there are people who believe that violence is always immoral). I happen to think they are wrong. Is there anything inherently immoral in hunting for the purpose of eradicating a nuisance? This would take a radical prohibition against violence, one that would be so counter-intuitive as to demand a fairly strong argument in its favor. Is there anything wrong in enjoying and publicizing an otherwise moral act? Excuse me, Mr.-hypocritical-says-what?

I think we're barking up the wrong tree here.

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