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Irony Alert: Jillian Michaels Protests Treatment of Elephants

July 21, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, GoDaddy, jillian michaels, petaComments Off on Irony Alert: Jillian Michaels Protests Treatment of Elephants

No joke: Go Daddy girl to protest alongside PETA in defense of circus elephants.

How’s this for irony: fitness guru and GoDaddy Girl Jillian Michaels is joining with PETA to protest Ringling Bros. circus and its treatment of elephants.

I’m not kidding.

In case you aren’t familiar with the story, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons shot an elephant in Africa this year. It’s not the first time he’s done it, but the story went viral this time and a number of people said they would boycott the domain name registrar because of the incident.

PETA — the organization Jillian Michaels is teaming up with — transferred its domain names out of GoDaddy because of the incident. Parsons calls PETA hypocritical.


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Bob Parsons to PETA: Look in the Mirror

June 3, 2011bob parsons, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, GoDaddy, petaComments Off on Bob Parsons to PETA: Look in the Mirror

Parsons tweets about PETA hypocrisy.

After Go Daddy founder and CEO Bob Parsons killed an elephant in Zimbabwe, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was quick to pounce on him. The company moved its domain names from Go Daddy to a rival domain name registrar.

But Parsons won’t let PETA get away that easy. Today he tweeted the following to his 34,000 followers:

The first link is to a PETA story about “Deadly Destinations“, which blasts places like Disney’s Wild Animal Kingdom, Sea World, and the St. Louis Zoo.

The second link is to PETAkillsanimals.com, a site that tracks how many animals PETA itself slaughters each year. In 2010 PETA killed 693 dogs and 1,507 cats according to records at its Virginia facility.

Granted, PETA doesn’t release videos of its killings set to an AC/DC soundtrack :)

Update: for what it’s worth, I just got this message from PETA:

We read your blog post about Bob Parsons’ tweet citing PETAKillsAnimals.com, a site managed by the deceitfully named Center for Consumer Freedom, an organization that shills for the meat, tobacco, and alcohol industries. Thank you for noting that PETA does not get a thrill from killing animals as Parsons clearly does. We’d like to expand on that if we might.

PETA makes no secret of having to euthanize most of the animals it takes in. PETA’s spay/neuter clinics struggle to reduce companion-animal overpopulation by providing free and low-cost services, and they sterilized more than 10,000 animals last year alone. Unlike traditional shelters, PETA takes in the worst of the worst cases and offers a service to the community, which includes providing a peaceful, painless death to elderly, ailing, or injured companion animals, often at the request of their human companions. PETA routinely transfers highly adoptable animals to a local open-admission shelter so that those animals have a chance at finding a loving, permanent home. The only way to stop the euthanasia of 3 million to 4 million animals a year in this country is to stop the births of unwanted animals. Until people stop buying animals from breeders and pet stores and spay and neuter their animal companions, dogs and cats will continue to die in large numbers.


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PETA Plays Into Bob Parson’s Hands Over Elephant Hunting

March 31, 2011bob parsons, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, GoDaddy, petaComments Off on PETA Plays Into Bob Parson’s Hands Over Elephant Hunting

PETA is closing its Go Daddy account over elephant hunting incident.

Poor Bob Parsons.

The Go Daddy founder is about to lose a few hundred domain name registrations from its client People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

I’m sure he’s just shaking in his boots.

The group is enraged about an elephant hunting video he took in Zimbabwe. The video caught attention after being posted at online petition site Change.org.

Nevermind that Parsons posted a similar video last year. I guess no one saw that.

Parsons loves this kind of attention, and he’s not going to lose any sleep over losing PETA’s account. For every PETA domain he loses he’ll get 3 more registrations from someone else in his NASCAR-loving customer base.

Now, if I may opine on the video for a second.

I’m not a hunter. I’ve only shot a gun once in my life (despite living in Texas). And you all know I’ve had my share of differences with Bob Parsons.

But this uproar over the video just goes to show how myopic people can be. We assume that everyone else is in a similar situation than us and should be held to our standards.

If you lived in Zimbabwe and the only way to feed your family was to get elephants off your property (and eat them), you’d do whatever it took. When it’s a matter of your kid dying or an elephant dying, which one would you choose?

Yeah, it’s easy for me sitting in my cozy office in the United States to say you shouldn’t shoot elephants. Or you shouldn’t become a pirate in Somalia. But many people literally have no choice: it’s die or do something we wouldn’t consider over here.

You think these guys should be worried about emissions from their dirty diesel vehicles when they’re trying to figure out where tomorrow’s dinner will come from?

The only thing I’d be enraged about is if Parsons was paying Robert Mugabe for his visits. If you really want to make a difference in the life of the average Zimbabwe citizen, you’d get rid of that guy.


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PETA Plays Into Bob Parson’s Hands Over Elephant Hunting

March 31, 2011bob parsons, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, GoDaddy, petaComments Off on PETA Plays Into Bob Parson’s Hands Over Elephant Hunting

PETA is closing its Go Daddy account over elephant hunting incident.

Poor Bob Parsons.

The Go Daddy founder is about to lose a few hundred domain name registrations from its client People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

I’m sure he’s just shaking in his boots.

The group is enraged about an elephant hunting video he took in Zimbabwe. The video caught attention after being posted at online petition site Change.org.

Nevermind that Parsons posted a similar video last year. I guess no one saw that.

Parsons loves this kind of attention, and he’s not going to lose any sleep over losing PETA’s account. For every PETA domain he loses he’ll get 3 more registrations from someone else in his NASCAR-loving customer base.

Now, if I may opine on the video for a second.

I’m not a hunter. I’ve only shot a gun once in my life (despite living in Texas). And you all know I’ve had my share of differences with Bob Parsons.

But this uproar over the video just goes to show how myopic people can be. We assume that everyone else is in a similar situation than us and should be held to our standards.

If you lived in Zimbabwe and the only way to feed your family was to get elephants off your property (and eat them), you’d do whatever it took. When it’s a matter of your kid dying or an elephant dying, which one would you choose?

Yeah, it’s easy for me sitting in my cozy office in the United States to say you shouldn’t shoot elephants. Or you shouldn’t become a pirate in Somalia. But many people literally have no choice: it’s die or do something we wouldn’t consider over here.

You think these guys should be worried about emissions from their dirty diesel vehicles when they’re trying to figure out where tomorrow’s dinner will come from?

The only thing I’d be enraged about is if Parsons was paying Robert Mugabe for his visits. If you really want to make a difference in the life of the average Zimbabwe citizen, you’d get rid of that guy.


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Sex.com Investor: Give Sex.com Domain Name to PETA

March 30, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Mike Mann, peta, sex.comComments Off on Sex.com Investor: Give Sex.com Domain Name to PETA

Mike Mann plays along with PETA.

Sex.com investor Mike Mann is playing along with PETA’s request that it get the Sex.com domain name.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) grabbed some publicity earlier this month when it requested the domain name Sex.com be donated to it instead of auctioned for millions of dollars.

As it turns out, one of Sex.com’s investors — Mike Mann — is a long time vegetarian. He says he’ll accept PETA’s request, but under one condition: The IRS gives him a tax deduction for it:

Mann, a world expert on domain valuation, estimates the Sex.com domain name to be worth $50 million. As long as the IRS agrees to recognize the $50 million tax deductible donation, then Mann will donate his share of to PETA for their charitable works.

Other than getting the IRS to recognize a $50 million tax deduction, there’s one other problem: Mann doesn’t own the entire domain name or the company that owns Sex.com. As we found out yesterday, Mann has sunk more money into Sex.com than any of the other investors, but he is still just a part owner.


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