Thousands Come Together to Ask, ‘When Will Mali Be Free?’

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New PictureRemember Mali, the only elephant at the Manila Zoo? She was taken as a baby from Sri Lanka in 1974 and has spent the last 35 years in a small concrete pen. People all around the world have asked that she be sent to a sanctuary, but the authorities have yet to grant her freedom.

But we’re making progress! Every day, Mali gains new supporters and friends. This week, the acclaimed musician formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam, became the latest celeb to express sadness at Mali’s plight, joining stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Morrissey in backing the campaign. Thousands of students in Metro Manila have also drawn cards and written letters for Mali, while vets and wildlife experts agree that Mali is not receiving adequate care at the zoo.

Earlier this year, a congressional resolution was passed that supports sending Mali to a sanctuary, yet the Manila city administration, including Mayor Alfredo Lim, is stalling and delaying her transfer. Meanwhile, Mali continues to suffer. This heartbreaking video shows the constant pain that she is in:

Mali committed no crime. She did nothing to warrant being locked up in solitary confinement for her entire life in a barren cell far from her natural environment and the company of other elephants. Like all caged animals, she deserves better.

They say that an elephant never forgets. But in this case, it’s up to us to show Mali that we won’t forget her – and that caring people around the world will keep up the pressure until she is transferred to a sanctuary.

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  • Gail Levenstiem commented on April 27, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Please FREE Mali, today!!!!!

  • vanesa clay commented on April 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Please let this brilliant elephant malia go, she deserves happiness. What is the hold up of her transfer! Evil and selfishness! Karma ….. Shame on you!

  • Lara Phillips commented on April 27, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Please can we act like a civilised society and have compassion!!

  • carol elkins commented on April 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    please please please release Mali from her caged and let her spend her last days as an animal should , FREE………

  • david reynolds commented on April 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

    not acceptable in the world today, FREE HER NOW

  • Tracey Weate commented on April 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    This is just heartbreaking! Im sick to death of the human races’ violation of the animal kingdom! Abhorrent and disgusting! Set this beautiful creature free NOW!

  • kay coxon commented on January 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    so sad to see this lovely ellefant kept in this way,so alone and in bare surroundings which are no where near suitable for her.please help her by letting her go so she can be with others of her kind,they are such intelligent creatures and need to be kept together,please please let her go.very sad lady,please make me happy.kay coxon

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