Rock legend Paul McCartney has joined the call to the Philippine government to allow the transfer of Mali, the 39-year-old elephant from the Manila Zoo.
McCartney sent a letter to President Benigno Aquino 3rd expressing concern that it has been more than a year since Mali was examined and considered for transfer but the Philippine government has taken no action.
“I have great regard for governments that intervene on 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—yet Mali seems no closer to enjoying her well-deserved retirement at an approved sanctuary,” the former Beatle said.
He said he was informed by his friends at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) “that government officials are continuing to deny that Mali’s welfare should be within their jurisdiction.”
“With the stroke of a pen, you can bring an end to her suffering, and I urge you, with all my heart, to direct that Mali be given that joy now,” the singer and songwriter added.
Studies have revealed that keeping a solitary female elephant affects her mental health and well-being.
The studies also noted that zoos 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 said are causing her constant pain.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said the city government is set to modernize the zoo and add two more elephants.