As you have probably already heard, a video of Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy.com, has surfaced which depicts him shooting and killing an elephant in Zimbabwe. Rightfully so, many are up in arms about this and are leaving GoDaddy.com in protest of Parsons’ behavior. Obviously I am also outraged by this child who makes himself feel like a man by killing defenseless living things so I am definitely happy to see so many protesting.
However, a question comes up that I honestly do not know the answer to. Why? Why are people so angry at Mr. Parsons for killing this elephant? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that people are angry. But thousands of deer are killed every hunting season, and you don’t see anyone switching companies because the CEO uploaded a video of him killing a deer and then posing by the lifeless body.
Millions of cow, chickens, pigs, and lambs are killed every year so you can eat them. Countless dogs, cats, rabbits and other defenseless creatures are tortured and killed every day because people are careless and ignorant. Yet the general public says nothing. Society doesn’t cry out for justice. You don’t see a massive protest of Cover Girl for the tortures they inflict on animals every day. You don’t see a mass exodus of people swearing off McDonalds due to the factory farming conditions in the US. So why does everyone care about this elephant, and not about all the other living beings that are killed each and every day?
I can only hope this outcry will force others to ask this question and maybe they, too, will consider why they care about one life more than another. And maybe, just maybe, they will learn to value all lives equally and we can start moving towards a day where all lives are important.
Just something to think about.