Published: April 7, 2011
Elephant Shooting, (AP) – A video of an American CEO of shooting an elephant in Zimbabwe that the villagers then sliced??Off the meat has raised thousands of dollars for a conservation group after a rival Internet company used images graphs to steal customers.
The founder of Save the Elephants, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, said he was surprised, but appreciated by most and ,000 in funds collected by the site’s domain registration Namecheap Internet.
Namecheap offered to donate $ for every customer who has opened a new account with them after the CEO of their competitor GoDaddy.com appeared in the video of an elephant killed last month.
“This is very sad, tragic thing when elephants must be learned. I find the glorification totally irrelevant “, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, said Wednesday.
In the video, Bob Parsons is seen standing in a field of green sorghum stalks which have been violated, and portrayed the shooting as a solution to elephant crop-killing.
“Properly handling the elephants save crops, food village and help maintain the herds of elephants,” a graphic on the video says. “The damage is considerable. Unless the elephant (s) are off the entire crop may be lost. When crops are lost risk starvation subsistence farmers. ”
A team of hunters stalking three elephants at night and killed one. The next morning swarms of what the video calls “starving villagers” – some in hats GoDaddy.com – hack of elephants for meat. He says some have walked for miles (30 kilometers).
But Douglas-Hamilton said the problem is more complicated than the video shows. He does not believe that the villagers were starving, although he said the meat is popular and deserves a long walk.
“You can not control crop raiding in Africa by foreign hunters. It’s not going to work,” he said. “It’s an indirect benefit for people who enjoy killing elephants to be justified.”
Namecheap, a record company domain name with GoDaddy that rivals, said he was troubled by the video and decided to “throw our support behind our friends Elephant” by offering transfer site names web and 4.99, with $ going to the elephants. The company said Tuesday it rose about Twitter and 20,433.
Save the Elephants, said he did not solicit the donation, but greatly appreciates the support “as a constructive response” to the video.
Parsons, on his website, wrote that he went to Zimbabwe each year for hunting elephants. He said he is “one of the most beneficial and rewarding as I do.” A previous video released in March 2010 said that Parsons was traveling with the “problem animal control team” and He shows villagers complain elephants damaging crops.
Shooting an elephant in most African countries is illegal, but such hunts can be done in countries that offer a limited number of permits expensive. Elephant numbers have dropped precipitously in the years 1970 and 1980 but have since recovered. A survey by the group of African Elephant Specialist noted that Zimbabwe had 84,000 elephants.
“We really need to get on the ball and find the problem and elephants get treated,” Parsons said in the video 2010, while surveying a field of crops damaged.
A spokesman for the GoDaddy Group said Parsons was traveling and not immediately available for comment.
Environmentalists pursue other solutions to human-elephant conflict. Groups in Kenya built a tunnel under a road earlier this year to elephants could move between two wilderness areas without walking through the villagers’ crops.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals condemned the latest video of Parsons, saying he had killed the elephant for fun.
“Parsons is hiding behind the lame claim that the slaughter of elephants in Africa to help farmers whose crops are damaged by animals,” PETA said. “In fact, there are plenty of effective methods and non-lethal means to deter elephants from crops, including the use of chili-infused string and hives on poles to create low-cost “fences.”
On the Net:
Save the Elephants: http://www.savetheelephants.org
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