Outrage as smiling wealthy hunter poses with body of rare snow leopard

A smiling, wealthy trophy hunter from Augusta, Georgia, has captured the ire of thousands and thousands of angry people across the world after  a photo of him posing with the body of a rare snow leopard went viral online. The hunter is identified as Hossein ‘Soudy’ Golabchi, who is originally from Iran, photographed with the body of the dead animal wrapped around his neck and shoulders. Golabchi is believed to have killed the animal in central Asia before 2008.

Golbachi owns Golmar Construction and Development Co. of Augusta, Georgia and started hunting in Iran at the age of 16. The leopard appears to have been shot numerous times in the back end as blood seeps down its coat.

According to the Daily Mail, more than 119,000 people have signed a petition to bring the hunter to justice. The Care2 petition launched by Amanda W. of TERA International (Tiger Exotic Animal Ranger Awareness), the organization which focuses on the preservation of exotic animals, was initiated on Snow Leopard Day 2017, and it is hoped by Leopard Day 2018, Golabchi is brought to justice. The petition begins:

 ‘There’s nowhere in the entire Western hemisphere (and the rest of the world) that allows anyone to go into Central Asia to “trophy hunt” a snow leopard. It is illegal to own their body parts or their beautiful fur and importing their remains into the United States is a federal offence.”

In 2008, Golabchi wrote the book “Obsessed!” where he described in detail his obsession for decades to kill a snow leopard. Amanda hopes to make “an example” of the hunter who goes after these rare cats likely to become extinct. Studies reveal only 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards remain in the wild as their population steadily decreases. About 700 are currently in zoos around the world reports Defenders of Wildlife.

The most recent update of the situation is as follows:

“Thanks to the UK press for coverage. By his own admission Golabchi brought the Snow Leopard’s remains to Germany and claims to have shipped it to Mexico. We now ask Fish and Game to confirm where the pelt is. Big Cat killing apologists are now using every excuse to justify this. The date of the hunt is inconsequential at this point-it never should have happened in the first place and must come under international scrutiny. An indepth statement will be issued here by TERA on 11/7/2017 8:00pm GMT”

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9 replies
  1. Helen says:

    Disgusting. I hope when Golabchi’s goes on his next trophy expedition, a big cat hunts this human trash down and have him for lunch! Killing this beautiful animal is shameful and unforgivable. RIP snow leopard.

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  2. Barbara Hartman says:

    He knew it was rare and not many left. Kept shooting on its back…why??? He is a bored rich guy who enjoys murdering wildlife with no regard…what about humans????

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  3. maxiemom says:

    I believe that poachers, when caught, should be shot.

    This BASTARD is a self admitted, selfish, callous and unashamed POACHER who will go on to kill other exotic cats, and probably has done so already/

    He needs to pay a price for this, and not just jail. He needs to be removed from this earth for his callous disregard for killing what belongs to ALL OF US, and what will disappear because of scum like him. Every single one of these animals killed is one step closer to extinction, one valuable set of genes removed from an already stressed gene pool.

    Scum with no regard for such endangered beauty belonging to the rest of the world, who kills it for his own selfish, fiendish, twisted ‘pleasure’, has no business remaining on this earth.

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  4. Debbie says:

    Please punish this man for killing an animal that is close to extinction….these snow leopards are beautiful animals and don’t deserve to lose their lives for someone’s thrill of the kill…..

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  5. PAMELA D says:

    ANOTHER SCUMBAG USELESS POS ENJOYS TAKING A PHOTO OF AN ANIMAL HE KILLED FOR PLEASURE. I WISH EVERY POACHER WOULD BE KILLED BY THE ANIMAL BEFORE HE KILLED THE ANIMAL LIKE SOME OF THEM HAVE. IF THIS BASTARD THINKS HE LOOKS GREAT KILLING HIS TROPHY HE NEEDS TO SLOWLY ROT AND DIE IN PAIN. I HOPE HIS FUTURE ENDS SHORTLY IN PAIN.

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