PETA had a GoDaddy Account, and is now closing it; urging others to support elephants and follow suit.
PETA had this to say:
“Parsons is hiding behind the lame claim that killing elephants helps farmers in Africa whose crops are damaged by the animals. In fact, there are ample effective and nonlethal methods to deter elephants from crops, including using chili-infused string and beehives on poles to create low-cost “fences.” 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”
In related news, Namecheap is jumping on the bandwagon of bad press by offering a safe harbor: “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).
When asked how this will affect sales, Parson says “I expect sales will go up,” he said. “The reason is that first of all, the average American is a very good individual who understands that people need to eat. They know there is a circle of life and they don’t much care for political correctness. When they see this, people who are not familiar with GoDaddy will check us out. It’ll be a good thing.”