‘Elephant’ To Deliver Petition With 60,177 Signatures Demanding Mali’S Transfer

PETA Will Take Case Against Ailing Elephant’s Cruel Captivity at Manila Zoo Straight to the Secretary of Agriculture

For Immediate Release:

January 14, 2013

Manila — Accompanied by an activist wearing an elephant costume, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia will deliver a printed version of an online petition started on change.org containing the signatures of more than 60,000 people from around the world to Secretary of Agriculture Proceso J. Alcala demanding the immediate transfer of an elephant named Mali from the Manila Zoo to a reputable sanctuary in Thailand.

When:    Tuesday, January 15, 11 a.m.

Where:  Outside the Department of Agriculture, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City

“Mali has been locked up in what amounts to no more than a prison for 35 painful years,” says PETA Asia Campaigns Manager Rochelle Regodon. “The international outcry for an end to Mali’s loneliness and suffering grows louder with each passing day, but the Manila Zoo has turned a deaf ear. Now, it’s time for Secretary Alcala to take action.”

In her current environment, Mali is denied everything that’s natural and important to her. But in a sanctuary, she would have hectares in which to roam, rivers and ponds to bathe in, and the crucial company of other elephants. A growing number of elephant experts, including world-renowned veterinarian Dr. Henry Richardson, who in June determined that Mali suffers from potentially fatal foot problems, are calling for Mali’s transfer to a sanctuary. Also, the Earth Island Institute, the Humane Society International, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and other prestigious organizations have come out in support of transferring Mali. In addition, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has issued a directive to consider Mali for relocation to a sanctuary.

Mali’s transfer has also received high-profile international support from such notables as French film legend Brigitte Bardot, wildlife conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, and author J.M. Coetzee, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.