Paul McCartney Speaks Out for Mali the Elephant

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Mali has spent 35 years at the Manila Zoo, where she endures intense confinement, loneliness, boredom and isolation in an area that is a miniscule fraction of the size of her natural habitat. She is the Philippines’ only captive elephant – and one of the world’s saddest.

There was some hope last year when the Office of the President issued a directive stating that she should be transferred to a sanctuary after an evaluation of her health. But it has been more than a year, and Mali still awaits her freedom.

We have hope once more, now that Paul McCartney is shining an international spotlight on this ailing elephant’s plight. He has sent an urgent letter to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III asking him to transfer Mali, without delay, to a lush, spacious sanctuary in Thailand, which awaits her arrival and will provide her with the crucial company of other elephants.

Macca for Mali

“I have great regard for governments that intervene in behalf of animals, just as yours did with the May 2012 directive ordering that Mali be evaluated and considered for transfer. That said, time is passing and it has been more than a year since that directive was issued, and yet Mali seems no closer to enjoying her well deserved retirement at an approved sanctuary”, Paul writes. “I have heard from my friends at PETA that various government authorities are continuing to deny that Mali’s welfare should be within their jurisdiction.”

He adds, “With the stroke of a pen, you can bring an end to her suffering and I urge you, with all my heart, to please direct that Mali be given that joy now”.

Studies have revealed that keeping a female elephant in solitary confinement is extremely detrimental to her mental health and well-being. In their natural habitats, female elephants spend their entire lives with their herds – every daily activity, from foraging for food to playing and bathing in rivers, is carried out in the presence of their extended family group. The zoo can never offer enough space for elephants, and Mali’s veterinary care has been virtually ignored for more than 36 years, resulting in foot problems, which veterinarians have said are causing her constant pain.

Join Paul, elephant experts and compassionate people from around the world in speaking out for Mali. Please write to the Ambassador of the Philippines in the UK and urge him to do all that he can to help move Mali to a sanctuary.

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  • Lisa summarsell commented on July 20, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Please release her – she’s done nothing that would deserve this sadness.
    I can’t wait to see her reaction when she is released with other elephants

  • Paul Rough commented on July 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

    So sad

  • Sophie commented on July 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Please I implore you to give Mali freedom that she deserves. She is a highly intelligent creature and such confinement that she has endured for 35 years is nothing but unnecessary suffering. Please give this beautiful elephant a life worth living.

  • tracy yip commented on July 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Free her!!!!

  • Suzanne Kerr commented on July 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Dear Ambassador

    Please, Please, Please .. put a stop to this cruelty & suffering..

    There are many of us (from all parts of the world) following this.. We’ve been heartbroken seeing her on her own like this.

    We are after all, now in the 21st Century.. we should all try to improve welfare for animals (especially ones who should be together with others)

    You have the power to stop this.. & give her a taste of paradise, she’s done her time & it would be so amazing if she could see out the rest of her life happily.

    I’m begging you..on behalf of myself & many others.. Please do the right thing, I’m sure your heart & conscience tells you what should be done ??

    Your most sincerely

    Suzanne Kerr

  • Maureen bailey commented on July 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Please release Mali – she deserved some peace and happiness I’m her lufe

  • Maureen bailey commented on July 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Please release Mali – she deserved some peace and happiness I’m her life.

  • Maureen bailey commented on July 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Please release Mali – she deserved some peace and happiness in her life.

  • Kayleigh cottle commented on July 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Please move Mali to a sanctuary she deserves to live as happy a life as you and me ! Xx

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Set her free.

  • Sandra Lindsay commented on July 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Please set her free so she can be happy she has a right to that, she has feelings

  • Brenda Cooper commented on July 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Brian Davies -Network For Animals and I wrote to President Aquino in February 2013, to ask him to move Mali the elephant out of Manila zoo as the terrible conditions she is living in . PLEASE HELP TO GET MALI MOVED TO A SANCTUARY IN THAILAND.

  • maureen msrtin commented on July 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Please let her enjoy the rest of her life.

  • L Nicoll commented on July 21, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Please give Mali the freedom she deserves for the rest of her life.

  • James Galbraith commented on July 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Please let her go

  • Jessica Brown commented on July 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    What is the hold up?!?! No one wants to see a lonely depressed elephant in a zoo. Stop delaying this Philippines and let this beauty go before she dies!!! Set her free. She had served you for long enough. Let her enjoy some of her life please! !!!

  • Veronica May commented on August 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Please let Mali go to the Sanctuary so she can be with other elephants and have company Mali needs her freedom for her well being and health, she deserves her retirement like the rest of us. Come on, please do the rihjt thin by Mali

  • Brenda Essig commented on November 2, 2014 at 2:15 am

    It is now November 2014. Has there been any change in this elephant’s plight? Is she even still alive?

    After so many years in solitude, can she be successfully introduced into a herd or has her long solitary confinement made that impossible? Is there a humane answer to her suffering? After such suffering, can there be a “happily ever after”?

    • Dan commented on November 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Hi Brenda,
      Mali is still alive and you can keep up with the campaign to free her at PETA Asia Facebook page:

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