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Victory! Mali One Step Closer to Freedom

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The Philippine House Committee on Natural Resources approved a resolution supporting the transfer of Mali to a sanctuary in Thailand. Although no final decision has been made about moving Mali, support for her transfer continues to grow. Congress will have at least two additional hearings before the resolution can be finalized, but this approval represents a giant step toward freedom for Mali.

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PETA’s Jana Sevilla and Congresswoman Luzviminda C. Ilagan

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Jana prepares for her impassioned speech

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The hall after the session finished

Also this week, Rep. Imelda Marcos released a statement of support for giving Mali a better life. Marcos, who was the first lady when Mali was brought to the Philippines in 1977, said, “If this transfer would protect the best interests of Mali, I post no objection on this and I would like to express my full support to this initiative. Though Mali would be greatly missed, I will be happy to see her embark on a journey towards a better life.”

This is just the beginning of Mali’s fight for freedom. Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim still opposes sending Mali to a better life in a sanctuary. Please write to or call the Office of the Mayor and urge him to do what’s right for Mali and for the reputation of Manila:

The Honorable Alfredo Lim
Mayor of Manila
Manila City Hall
Villegas Street
Ermita, Manila, Philippines
+63 (02) 527-4991
+63 (02) 527-4983 (fax)

Please check out these ideas for how you can support the campaign for Mali, and don’t forget to “like” our “Free Mali” page on Facebook for regular updates!

Posted by Edwina Baier


  1. Myriam Besso...
    February 4th, 2013, 10:38 am

    We are all waiting to have Mali removed from the confines of her MISERABLE cage.
    Why has there been all this delay in the first place by the Philippine government? Elephants are social creatures and love to be part of their family. Cruelty is not the only word which springs to mind when observing this situation.
    How about the words ‘careless’, disinterested and lacking in all human compassion?

  2. Susanna Ermini...
    February 4th, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Just talk! It ‘clear that this poor animal is not happy. It has no peers and is against his nature. And the environment in which cement is forced to live veramnete is horrible! Transfer her as soon as possible!

  3. Barbara Arlington...
    February 5th, 2013, 3:47 am

    Why does it take so long……it’s ridiculous….poor little elephant….

  4. lorraine wilson...
    February 5th, 2013, 1:43 pm

    Why should you wan’t to keep her there in misery ? Let her go to a place where she can live in freedom for the time she has left I beg you to help her!!!!!

  5. Galena debney...
    February 6th, 2013, 8:01 am

    Congratulations to PETA and all those who have supported Mali’s plight. It may take a long time to achieve results because unfortunately the world is not as enlightened as we like to presume. Better late than never.

    Help for Mali is on the way, better times are ahead for her, and, I believe, for all those who have struggled for a humane outcome for the elephant, good karma is on the way to you too.

  6. JUDY HOPE...
    February 7th, 2013, 9:27 am

    Why is this taking so long people? Those who put her there and keep her there should have a taste of their own medicine.Peta you do a marvelous job. I had buckets of money to give,[I give what I can,] thank goodness we can keep doing good with our letters through our PC’s. I love hearing of your successes and wish all of you the best Peta. Poor Mali having to live like this, but the world is now behind Mali and we wont let this matter go until the right thing is done for her. MALI,MALI,MALI WE HAVE ALL FALLEN FOR YOU I THINK AND WE SHALL SEE THIS THROUGH UNTIL YOUR HAPPINESS AND HEALTH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU ASAP. I WISH SHE COULD KNOW THAT SO MANY ARE DOING THEIR VERY BEST TO HELP HER. JUDY

  7. sam...
    April 30th, 2013, 9:23 pm

    can i send him an email and what should i write in the e mail? please help

  8. PETA Asia-Pacific...
    May 2nd, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Thank you so much for your concern and compassion for Mali. You can ‘like’ our Free Mali Facebook Page where there is information on ways to help Mali. You can also sign our petition which includes a letter urging the authorities to take immediate action to transfer Mali to a sanctuary. You can send the form letter provided or write it in your own words, personalized letters tend to hold more weight than form letters. Thanks again for your support!

  9. sam...
    May 4th, 2013, 11:17 pm

    can you give me a complete letter that i can copy that that has why should mali be freed also includes telling him not to bring more animals to the zoo to suffer?

  10. PETA Asia-Pacific...
    May 6th, 2013, 6:33 pm

    Hi Sam, Thanks for your support. There is a complete letter available on FreeMali.com/take-action.aspx And the following are talking points that you can rephrase in your letter:
    • A growing number of progressive zoos—including several 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. The government of India has ordered that all elephants in Indian zoos be transferred to sanctuaries and reserves.
    • Foot infections and arthritis are the leading causes of death among captive elephants. Mali’s feet problem needs to be urgently addressed. Mali’s feet are going to continue to get worse as she ages, and she needs to be in an environment that provides more than just concrete surfaces and where she can be monitored by experts.
    • As the Manila Zoo veterinarians have admitted, they are not elephant experts. They lack the training in elephant care and the resources to be able to provide Mali with what she needs. The zoo should have had a preventative foot care program from the day that Mali arrived (all major zoos have this).
    Thanks again, we really appreciate your help!

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