Actor and PETA Supporter Says Manila Zoo’s Ailing Elephant Needs to Be Where She Belongs
For Immediate Release:
May 2, 2013
Manila — TV and film star Pamela Anderson has sent an urgent letter to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III asking him to expedite the transfer of Mali, the 39-year-old solitary and ailing elephant confined to the Manila Zoo, to a reputable sanctuary.
“Thank you for taking a strong, serious stance on her behalf by issuing a directive to consider moving her to a sanctuary. In a world filled with political self-interest, your character and integrity are inspiring,” Anderson writes. “Gandhi once famously said, ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’ I know that the Philippines is a great nation.” She concludes by saying, “[S]hould you find yourself in Los Angeles, I’d love to take you to dinner and talk more about how we can help Mali.”
PETA has long been campaigning for the suffering elephant. In her current environment, Mali is cruelly denied socialization, stimulation, room to explore, and everything else that is natural and important to her. She endures intense confinement, loneliness, boredom, and isolation in an area a tiny fraction of the size of her natural habitat. Decades without proper veterinary care have left her with painful and potentially fatal foot problems, which the zoo is still failing to treat.
Elephant experts are calling for her transfer to a sanctuary where she can live out her days in good health and dignity as well as in the crucial company of other elephants. Also, a growing number of progressive zoos—including many in the U.S. and the U.K.—have realized that they cannot possibly fulfill the complex needs of elephants and have closed their elephant exhibits. Elephants can live to be older than 70 when in the correct environment. Because of the conditions at the Manila Zoo, Mali is likely to die young. The best way to save her life is to send her to a place that provides proper vet care and is more like an elephant’s natural habitat. Transferring elephants is safe and routine.
Pamela Anderson’s letter to President Aquino is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.