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Morning Poll: Is Go Daddy CEO's Elephant "Snuff Film" Offensive?

Earlier this month, Scottsdale-based Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons made a video of himself shooting an elephant in Zimbabwe. As villagers butcher the animal (many whom were wearing orange Go Daddy hats) the video has AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" playing in the background (see video below). As expected, animal rights activists went nuts.

The website change.org is a forum for angry activists to create e-petitions supporting various causes. An animal rights activist from Los Angeles used the site to start a petition called "Tell Go Daddy's CEO: Real Men Don't Kill Elephants."

Parsons, however, says the elephant he shot iwas a "problem elephant" that destroyed the villagers' crops, and offing the elephant was his way of helping the locals.

"The people there have very little, 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," Parsons wrote on his blog earlier this week.

Laura Goldman, the creator of the petition against Parsons, says "while Parsons fancies himself a hero, the fact is there are many more humane, gun-free ways to keep elephants away from crops."

We want to know what you think: is Parsons shooting an elephant offensive?

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