In light of the scandal surrounding the killing of Cecil the lion, another American doctor is accused of illegally killing a lion in Zimbabwe. Dr. Jan C. Seski is being named in an investigation into an alleged illegal hunt that happened back in April of this year.
Dr. Seski, 68, is a gynecological oncologist and surgeon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’s now the focus of another illegal bow and arrow hunt that killed a lion near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said in a statement on Sunday. The doctor’s address was also released on the site.
According to the statement, Zimbabwean landowner Headman Sibanda was also arrested and is assisting police with this investigation. He’s being charged with breaching hunting regulations for hunting without a quota and permit at his Railway Farm 31. Sibanda also owns Nyala Safaris, which conducted the hunt that Dr. Jan Seski is believed to have gone on.
Melorani Safaris’ Facebook page features several photos of Dr. Seski on a 2012 hunt. There was a post raving about the doctor’s 10-day hunting adventure and the kills that he made.
“The Melorani team had a fantastic hunt the past 10 days with Dr Seski. Jan harvested some very nice animals, but the highlights of the hunt have to be the Nyala and Giraffe that were Jan’s target species for the hunt. Congratulations to Jan on a very succesfull hunt!!”
In the image seen above this article, the Facebook caption from 2012 reads, “Jan with his well earned Nyala bull.”
Another image below from the same year was captioned, “Jan’s impala ram that we found 2 days after it was initially shot, still alive and kicking. We managed to take him down the 2nd time round!!!”
It’s noted by the New York Daily News that in 2013, Seski’s practice “pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of having caused the introduction of an unapproved drug into interstate commerce and was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Southern District of California.”
Seski’s practice admitted to ordering $973,795 worth of foreign versions of oncology drugs between December 4, 2008, and May 25, 2011, that were all unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States.
After the incident of American dentist Walter Palmer hunting down and shooting Cecil the lion, the investigation into Dr. Jan Seski shows how serious Zimbabwe is about cracking down on illegal hunting.
[Photo Credit: Melorani Safaris via Facebook]