PETA and the Humane Society of the United States are severing ties with Internet domain-hosting company Go Daddy after CEO Bob Parsons killed an elephant in Zimbabwe and posted a video of it on Twitter.
Parsons called it a "problem elephant," and said "It's one of the most beneficial and rewarding things I do."
"Parsons is hiding behind the lame claim that killing elephants helps farmers in Africa whose crops are damaged by the animals," PETA says. "In fact, there are ample effective and nonlethal methods to deter elephants from crops..."
"Instead of coming up with flimsy excuses for killing these highly intelligent and social animals, Parsons should use his wealth to fund humane solutions to human/elephant conflicts."
Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS says the organization has about 650 domain names with Godaddy.com and he's instructed the staff to find another host for them and is asking others to follow his lead.
Vancouver, Wash.-based Domain.com is taking advantage of the situation, offering Go Daddy customers a coupon to transfer their domain names to Domain.com, saying they will donate $1 for the first 12 domain names transferred to Heifer International.