Free Mali Campaign – Help Mali Get To The Elephant Sanctuary Where She Deserves To Be
In this day and age, zoos are becoming very controversial for many reasons. Right now, the plight of Mali, Manila Zoo’s only elephant, is quite a hot topic. To be frank, no matter what the zoo claims, they are not giving Mali the life that she deserves. They simply aren’t capable of it, no matter how hard they try. This solitary life in a concrete enclosure is not right for an elephant. Mali has dedicated nearly 40 years of her life to the Manila Zoo and it is way past time for her to finally get the home that she deserves. Let me just give you a short background on this current issue and direct you where to go to show your support for Mali.
Whether the Manila Zoo has good or bad intentions for refusing to let Mali go home to an elephant sanctuary, they are misguided. This generation has learned that elephants are not meant to be solitary. They are herd animals and need other elephants for company. Keeping Mali alone for nearly 40 years is nothing short of cruel. I visited the Manila Zoo several months ago and call me crazy, but I could see the loneliness in Mali’s sad, tired eyes.
Right now, there are several campaigns going on to free Mali. Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary has already offered to accept Mali, and PETA will cover the transfer costs, but the Manila Zoo is still giving excuses. Read some of their reasons for refusing to free Mali and how PETA responded: PETA’s Response to the Manila Zoo’s False Claims.
One of the most appalling things that the Manila Zoo said in my opinion is “Mali has never been administered medication other than topical ointments and laxatives, so she shouldn’t be given any now.” PETA’s response? “Denying Mali proper and comprehensive veterinary care now, simply because she has never received any in the past, is naïve and incorrect, not to mention cruel. All captive animals—regardless of their history and species—require frequent exams, including blood panels to check for diseases that could be asymptomatic. This care is especially important as Mali gets older. It is upsetting to learn that Mali has only ever been administered topical antiseptic and oral laxatives. This demonstrates that Manila Zoo personnel are not able to care for Mali properly and that the zoo’s veterinarians lack knowledge of elephant care.” If this doesn’t show a clear need for Mali to be transferred somewhere where she can be given proper care, I don’t know what will convince you.
Even celebrities are speaking out on Mali’s behalf
With all the publicity Mali has gotten lately, according to the Free Mali Facebook page, “Mali’s enclosure [at the Manila Zoo] has also seen some improvements. Her enclosure has more than doubled in size (unfortunately, due to the small size of the zoo, it cannot be expanded further), the zoo officially began an enrichment program, and it began using the waterfall in Mali’s enclosure regularly so that she now has access to running water (sadly the pool is so poorly designed that she cannot actually go inside it). None of these changes can compare to freedom in an elephant sanctuary, and she deserves so much more, which is why we’ll NEVER give up on fighting for her.”
Join in the fight to free Mali. All the people supporting the Free Mali campaign have forced the zoo to start making some positive changes, and while we commend them for that, we aren’t going to give up until she is at the sanctuary where she belongs. Visit the websites below to find out what you can do to show your support for Mali and help her gain her freedom, so she can live out the rest of her life in a much happier, healthier state. You can make a difference.