Email from PETA
Last time, nakatanggap ako ng email from PETA or, isang organization na nangangalaga sa mga animals. Ang email na iyon ay tungkol kay MALI, ang nag-iisang ELEPANTE sa Pilipinas. Nais nilang ibalik si Mali sa tunay nitong tahanan, hindi sa Zoo, kundi sa kalikasan.
Ito ang update nila tungkol kay MALI.
I hope this finds you well. I just wanted to let you know about an exciting development in our campaign to retire Mali from the Manila Zoo. President Benigno Aquino III has received a personal letter from world-renowned animal conservation expert Dr. Jane Goodall. Goodall wrote to the president to support his directive that orders that Mali be reviewed and considered for transfer to a sanctuary. In the letter, Goodall emphasizes the importance of transferring Mali as soon as possible so that she can finally receive proper veterinary care and enjoy the companionship of other elephants.
“I am heartened to learn that you agree that action must be taken for this ailing elephant,” writes Goodall. “Elephants need the company and companionship of other elephants. Even if Mali were in a sound state physically, keeping her alone in a cramped, barren pen is still ethically indefensible.”
“The Manila Zoo has failed Mali. Not only is she suffering from isolation and captivity-induced foot problems, I’ve also learned that she has not even had basic blood work conducted in the three and a half decades that she’s been at the zoo,” Goodall continues. “The demonstrated lack of preventive care and prophylactic treatment is indicative of the inadequate expertise available to Mali. This elephant has suffered long enough.”
Considered the world’s foremost ethologist, Goodall has a decades-long career that encompasses work on many conservation issues. For her environmental and humanitarian work, she has been named a Dame Commander of the British Empire and a United Nations Messenger of Peace and has been recognized by France, Tanzania, Japan, and Spain, among other nations.
I just wanted to share this update with you. Thank you for all your support in the past, and I will continue to keep you posted.
P.S. Do you have 30 seconds to help an elephant? Mali is the Philippines’ only captive elephant—and perhaps one of the world’s saddest. PETA is campaigning to get Mali transferred to a sanctuary in Thailand, where she can finally be given the life that she deserves. Please help us help Mali. Sign the petition at Change.org/SaveMali.