Namecheap, a web hosting company, blasted competitor GoDaddy for posting a video of its founder Bob Parsons killing an elephant in Zimbabwe.
The video (below) has sparked backlash from numerous critics, including PETA, which said it was closing its web hosting account with Go Daddy and urges everyone else to follow suit.
“Bob Parsons, the CEO of GoDaddy.com (a major Internet domain-hosting company), has killed at least one elephant and a leopard for his personal enjoyment… It has been well established that elephants are capable of experiencing emotions, including joy, anger, grief, and sympathy… Killing a single elephant can devastate a family, and their mourning ritual over the death of a family member rivals any that we humans have developed.”
Namecheap also denounced Parsons and GoDaddy. It said:
“It’s not often that we would disagree publicly with a competitor, but we at Namecheap are very disturbed by this video of a competitor killing an elephant for sport.”
Namecheap is now offering to transfer domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap at a price so cheap that Namecheap loses money on those transactions. In addition, it will donate $1 for every transfer to Save The Elephants (www.savetheelephants.org).
Namecheap’s special offer is good until 11:59pm EST of April 1st. The coupon code for the offer is BYEBYEGD (bye bye GoDaddy).