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GoDaddy.com CEO's Graphic Elephant Slaughter Video Causes an Uproar

Bob Parsons says he's helping out Zimbabwe by killing elephants in the middle of the night. Commenters on his video disagree.


A warning: The video below is pretty graphic. It depicts GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons on a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe earlier this month. In the middle of the night, Parsons, along with his African guides, ambush and shoot what Parsons calls a "problem elephant": "[Zimbabweans] have very little," says Parsons. "Many die each year from starvation and one of the problems they have is the elephants, of which there are thousands and thousands, that trash many of their fields destroying the crops."

The morning after Parsons kills the elephant, he videotapes hungry Zimbabweans as they field dress the bull in a frantic quest for food. "These people have literally nothing and when an elephant is killed it's a big event for them," says Parsons. "They are going to be able to eat some protein. This is no different than you or I eating beef."

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Project: Design a Poster Promoting Alternative Holiday Gifts

MercyCorps wants you to help promote the idea of giving to the developing world during the holidays.


This holiday season, you will be spending a lot of money on gifts for your family and friends, and they will be spending a lot of money on you. What if you used some of that money to help people in the developing world? During the holidays, Mercy Corps offers people a chance to give gifts, like using $70 to buy a goat for a farmer in Zimbabwe, $33 to purchase crickets for an entrepreneur in Indonesia, or $125 to refurbish a classroom in Somalia. To help promote this kind of gift giving, Mercy Corps is asking the GOOD readership to design a poster to help promote the idea. The money that could go to these alternative holiday gifts could improve lives and, in some small way, change the world. Your design of a compelling poster could help accomplish that. Design, at its finest, has a history of driving social change. We hope you can continue in that tradition.

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Create a poster promoting alternative gift giving.

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