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Paul McCartney Joins the Chorus for Mali’s Transfer

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Perhaps the world’s most famous singer and songwriter is stepping up to help one of the world’s loneliest elephants. Acclaimed rock-and-roller Paul McCartney has penned a heartfelt letter to President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines asking him to move forward with Mali’s transfer to a sanctuary.

Mali has been confined to a barren, decrepit enclosure for more than 36 years. History has been made while she has been within her concrete cell—two revolutions in the Philippines, six presidents, five popes, the fall of the Berlin wall, the marriage of the Prince of Wales and his son three decades later, earthquakes, tsunamis, Chernobyl, etc.—but her view has never changed. She has no trees, no grass, no dirt beneath her feet—just the same walls confining her to a life sentence.

Paul McCartney letterMcCartney is far from the first notable celebrity to stand up for Mali. Others include Pamela Anderson, Ely Buendia, Morrissey, and Yusuf Islam (aka “Cat Stevens”). Elephant experts the world over have also been vocal, stating that Mali should be given a second chance at life in a sanctuary. Dr. Henry Melvyn Richardson, Lisa Kane, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. Blair Csuti, among many others, have urged the Manila Zoo and the government of the Philippines to transfer Mali immediately to a sanctuary.

“I have great regard for governments that intervene on behalf of animals,” McCartney states—and we agree! Help Mali get her second chance. Join him by writing letters to President Aquino asking for Mali’s transfer to Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary to be made a priority. Mali has waited long enough!

Please send polite letters to:

His Excellency Benigno Aquino III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
Office of the President
Malacañang Compound
Manila, Philippines

Posted by Edwina Baier


  1. Pauline Parkin...
    July 19th, 2013, 11:39 am

    Thank you Sir Paul MC Cartney for your caring of animals and Mali.
    It seems very strange to me why they insist on keeping Mali after all that has been written and the pleas from so many over the world to release her.
    I have to wonder why the determination to hold on to her!

  2. Gary Alsop...
    July 19th, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Let us hope that the Philippines’ Government doesn’t consider the addition of two more elephants as a ‘fix’ ….it will only make the situation worse!

  3. Anne Wardell...
    July 19th, 2013, 1:54 pm

    why hasn’t she been moved yet-i thought all this was going ahead,this mis-treatment is disgusting.

    Australians are disgusted.

  4. Johanna Wittgenstein...
    July 19th, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I fully support the efforts of good and concerned people to transfer Mali to the sanctuary.

  5. Margaret Gibson...
    July 19th, 2013, 2:47 pm

    wonderful I hope it works as I have visited Mali and the other unfortunate animals at manila zoo to see the suffering and terrible conditions for myself. I really hope they do something soon. I have also written to the new mayor of Manila and he has promised to look into things once he takes up office. We must all keep trying for Mali’s sake she is so lonely and in such poor health especially her legs and feet. I will say my prayers xxx

  6. star cisneros...
    July 19th, 2013, 3:21 pm

    Please free her !!!!

  7. Dr Inesse Diehr...
    July 19th, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Please people lets bring Mali to justice.

    It’s just horrific to see her suffer this way.

    Everyone of us is responsible for her freedom so please send this email to the president urging him to make the right choice.

  8. Rosie Carey...
    July 19th, 2013, 4:17 pm

    Please help this elephant go to a sanctuary where she belongs

  9. Mel Keys...
    July 19th, 2013, 4:30 pm

    Please give Mali the freedom she deserves.

  10. Phyllis Baker...
    July 19th, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Its absolutely inhumane and cruel to keep this elephant alone wit no ability to socialise with other elephants or access to proper veterinary care. You need to do something about this NOW. We are not going to stop messaging you and continuing to inflict cruelty on this animal can only ultimately damage your credibility as a human being, let alone the president of a so called civilised country.

  11. Barbara Cole...
    July 19th, 2013, 8:14 pm

    Please help her!

  12. Elizabeth Dietz...
    July 19th, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Thank you, Paul, for always speaking out for the animals. Mali needs to be in sanctuary and given love and the best care. You rock, Sir Paul….and all who are helping this beautiful girl…

  13. Deb Ashcroft...
    July 19th, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Mali must be freed! This is cruel an inhumane! :'(

  14. Mahara Allbrett...
    July 19th, 2013, 10:05 pm

    I strongly agree with this letter and all these comments. I’m wondering if there is protest happening in Manila about this. If not, could that be organized or supported?

  15. Sonnie...
    July 19th, 2013, 10:26 pm

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    His Excellency Benigno Aquino III
    President of the Republic of the Philippines
    Office of the President
    Malacañang Compound
    Manila, Philippines

    Dear Mr President,

    I am writing on behalf of myself and the many hundreds of thousands of people who do not either have the time or the means to write to you to ask you to please let Mali the lonely injured Elephant be free.

    She is in a poor state of health and her confinement is making her worse every day. The problems with her feet are life threatening and a most horrible thing for such a large animal who should walk on dirt, mud and grass to suffer the concrete beneath her feet day after day.

    Please, please please let her be free. Why keep her as an attraction when she is so unwell and unhappy. And who would enjoy seeing such a magnificent animal in a tiny concrete space for enjoyment and pleasure when she is obviously in such a dire circumstances.

    It has been said she would need to be near her keepers. I am sure she has an attachment to them as all animals do to those who feed them. Being a herd animal that needs love and connection to others of her species to thrive I would guess her huge heart would extend feelings to the few feeble humans she has contact with, but this cannot compare to what she would have in a free natural environment with others of her kind. I have seen Elephants be rehabilitated and make friends and attachment to other orphaned and mistreated animals such as her.

    Please give her this chance and let her free from her prison, I beg you. If you have a heart, can you not feel what her pain would be?

    Sonnie Barr

  16. mary slattery...
    July 20th, 2013, 2:09 am

    just let her free please.. Elephants need at least one love in there life, and to watch those two together, we humans could learn a lot, so PLEASE let her go. Thank YOU.

  17. Margaret E Hilton...
    July 20th, 2013, 3:15 am

    Dear Sir
    I am neither rich nor famous but may I add my voice to Sir Paul McCartney’s and beg you to release Mali to a sanctuary where she can be at peace and happy with her fellow elephants. Try sir if you can to put yourself in her place and imagine how you would feel. Have compassion for her and let her go.

  18. Trudé Nell...
    July 20th, 2013, 3:26 am

    What on earth keeps Mali imprisoned for such a long time?

  19. Barbara Olson...
    July 20th, 2013, 6:19 am

    Thank you for caring as you have always cared for the animals with your beautiful wife lovely Linda.
    We humans do not deserve the pleasure of the animal kingdom as beautiful as it is. Everyone should have the compassion and empathy and speak for the animals who cannot.
    I work as an investigator for the Hooved Animal Humane Society and see ignorance in people as they neglect and abuse their horses. It actually makes me very disappointed in humans, but knowing there are people like you on this earth gives me hope and restores my faith that some of us do care. Thank you.

  20. Barbara Olson...
    July 20th, 2013, 6:22 am

    Please give Mali the comfort and care she deserves.

  21. M. English...
    July 20th, 2013, 9:12 am

    What a wonderful letter from Sir Paul. Let’s hope something will be done really soon to free Mali.

  22. David Harder...
    July 20th, 2013, 9:19 am

    I want to help support the movement to free Mali. It is a direct reflection of the people who mistreat animals

  23. Phyllis Stuart...
    July 20th, 2013, 9:57 am

    Dear Mr. President,

    I’m working to save the endangered Asian Elephant…in many ways, especially now at ELEPHANT PARADE as an artist this year along with Li Bingbing, Lily Tomlin and Khloe Kardashian, plus 30 more. We would LOVE to support the humane treat of Mali and strongly encourage you to PLEASE move her to a sanctuary. All the world loves an elephant, who are the most social, wise and enchanting animals on the planet. And elephants belong to nobody. Please, sir, think of her freedom, her happiness and her fans, and move her to a sanctuary NOW.

    Thank you!!!

  24. Pam Schwartz...
    July 20th, 2013, 12:08 pm

    If there is an approved and willing Sanctuary waiting to take her, what is the problem? money? I’m sure Sir Paul could get a ‘little help from his friends’ with this part. Anything else we can do to make this happen?

  25. PETA Asia-Pacific...
    July 20th, 2013, 5:19 pm

    Manila Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada gave us his word that Mali would be transferred but has now gone back on it. We were shocked by his comments that the Manila Zoo will be expanded and 2 more elephants will be brought in. You can write to Erap and tell him your concerns here: http://erap.ph/409/write-erap/

  26. PETA Asia-Pacific...
    July 20th, 2013, 5:34 pm

    The sanctuary is waiting for Mali and the funds for her transfer are available. The only thing stopping Mali from being relocated from her cement enclosure to a sanctuary is politics and pride. Please contact the Office of the President and express your concern for Mali. Write, call, visit, do what you can to make your voice heard. Thank you for your support!

  27. PETA Asia-Pacific...
    July 20th, 2013, 5:35 pm

    Thanks for your support! We will update our members network via e-mail and Facebook should a protest be arranged (please be sure to join our e-news on PETAAsiaPacific.com so we can notify you). If you would like to help, please contact the Office of the President and express your concern for Mali. Write, call, visit, do what you can to make your voice heard. Thank you for your support!

  28. Bruce Cole...
    July 20th, 2013, 8:13 pm

    Please sir show leadership, show your strength as a leader and transfer her to a sanctuary.
    With respect
    Bruce Cole

  29. naomi cohen...
    July 21st, 2013, 4:33 am


  30. Corie Benton...
    July 21st, 2013, 5:23 am

    Thank you Paul!

  31. Cheryl...
    July 21st, 2013, 5:34 pm

    Hope this will happen soon ,and Mali will be free at last..

  32. Sonnie...
    July 22nd, 2013, 12:23 am

    I don’t know if it went thru but I wrote to the Mayor.

    Mr Estrada,

    I have read from blogs and shared information on the internet that you had given your word to release Mali the injured lonely Elephant and have now gone back on this promise. The world is taking notice of the ‘free Mali’ campaign and Paul McCartney has recently written to the President expressing the obvious humanitarian concerns regarding Mali’s imprisonment and mistreatment.

    Please can you honour your word and work with the agency’s that are ready and willing to pay for her relocation as soon as the go ahead is given.

    This type of treatment is like torture to an Elephant – a herd animal that needs others of her own kind. Solitary confinement.. would you like to live like that?

    Please do the right thing for this animal.

    Sonnie Barr

  33. Guro Margrethe Skjold...
    July 22nd, 2013, 5:06 am

    Thanks so very much

  34. PETA Asia-Pacific...
    July 22nd, 2013, 10:58 am

    Thanks so much for your support Sonnie!

  35. Anne Oliver...
    July 22nd, 2013, 11:46 am

    Please Mr. President
    You have the power to make Mali’s suffering end.
    The world can not understand why this disgraceful public torture
    of an innocent animal continues.
    Despite so many pleas, she remains in torture.
    What do you think that the world thinks about Manilla
    when you ignore our suppilications ?
    I’ll tell you.
    The world, knowing what is going on, thinks you and your people
    are barbaric and sadistic.
    And that your continued refusal to change the situation of suffering
    shows that you take pleasure from it.

  36. Sue Howard...
    July 22nd, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Please free this elderly being….and let her live in freedom ….Please!!

  37. Su Free von Korff...
    July 24th, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Dear Mr.President,
    Every creature is an amazing artwork of GOD.
    Beeing the most intelligent on earth ,humans have the responsibility to protect and respect all living things.
    You,Mr.President,have the power and knowledge to show the world how much joy it is to set an animal free.
    Showing your mercy to let Mali i free,you become a male equivalent to Mother Teresa,caring for underprivileged animals.
    Respect from animal lovers and activists,not only in your country,but worlwide will embrace you.
    The beauty of the Philippine people is their kind heart.
    And with all my heart I like to ask you to set Mali free.
    Let her go to the wonderful place call BLESS in Thailand,where she can live a peaceful life,surrounded by other elephants,caring people,in a jungle with lotus ponds … and much more!
    GOD bless you and your family,
    Susanne Friederike Graefin von Korff

  38. Su Free von Korff...
    July 24th, 2013, 3:32 pm

    Thank you,Sir Paul,for taking your time to write this letter!
    And Thank You to all the other readers who fight for Mali!
    Su Free
    Thailand and Brunei

  39. mike valderrama...
    July 28th, 2013, 10:28 am

    Lettin’ Mali go is compassion,not embarrassment.if you were the elephant,you would take the risk of the trip to the sanctuary even if it kills you rather than stay in loneliness.The environment simply is not suited.it pays to listen to a Beatle. Listen To What The Man Said. Listen to SiR Paul. -from a concerned Filipino.

  40. Evelyn Buchardt...
    September 24th, 2013, 12:40 pm

    It seems to me they are either offended or enjoying the attention. They know she is old and doesn’t have much time left. I am extremely disappointed in the Philippine government and the zoo director. This is a country I will definitely NOT visit. They are only hurting their tourism.

  41. Evelyn Buchardt...
    September 24th, 2013, 12:44 pm

    I would visit the sanctuary to see Mali there, if they transfer her SOON, before it’s too late.

  42. lisa burton...
    November 29th, 2013, 1:39 am

    please free this poor elephant, what is the hold up? its now become urgent to get her to the scantury …please god Do something ! and soon

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