Punish Trophy Hunter Accused of Poaching Rare Snow Leopard

Target: Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Bring Hossein Soudy Golabchi to justice for allegedly illegally killing a rare snow leopard to display its body parts as trophies.

It is illegal to kill snow leopards, and even to own their body parts or fur, in the U.S. and across the Western hemisphere, but one trophy hunter reportedly brought the remains of a snow leopard he’d killed back to America and boasted of his “accomplishment.” Importing the remains of a snow leopard into the U.S. is a federal offense, but this man, Hossein Soudy Golabchi, has not been punished for his cruelty.

It is crucial for all snow leopards that these illegal acts be stopped. The organization Defenders of Wildlife has estimated that only about 3,500-7,000 snow leopards remain in the wild (their shy nature makes exact numbers difficult to determine). They must be protected, and if poaching and trophy hunting goes unchecked, the species could be at risk. Sign below to demand that Hossein Soudy Golabchi be punished for his alleged crime.


Dear Secretary of the Interior Zinke,

Snow leopards are a species that must be protected, and to allow them to be illegally killed as trophies is unacceptable. Hossein Soudy Golabchi, a trophy hunter who moved to the U.S. when he was young, reportedly brought back the remains of a rare snow leopard he had poached and bragged of his “accomplishment.” This is a federal offense, and must not be allowed to stand.

Allowing this sort of cruelty could put the entire snow leopard population in the wild at risk. As Tiger Exotic Animal Ranger Awareness International stated, “Snow leopards have never been numerous. The thought of a wealthy American specifically seeking one out to destroy its life is unfathomable. It also damages the communities around the snow leopard. He needs to be the example and needs to be in prison.” I urge you to ensure that Hossein Soudy Golabchi is brought to justice.


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Photo Credit:  Christian Pietzsch

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