My love for animals made my heart cry out after seeing the disturbing photos. My heartfelt apology to the Manila Zoo authorities and those directly affected by the commotion. However, I will not apologize to the other agencies who oversee the budget which goes to the zoo because it is very underfunded.
I used to not care about commercial zoos and ocean parks, but I am now strongly opposed to the practice of keeping animals imprisoned for the sole purpose of entertaining humans. But more on that in another post. I will just repost my letter to the editor for now, published by the Philippine Star two days before Christmas If you want to help Mali, visit the Free Mali website and find out how you can take action.
For no other reason other than the entertainment of people and the greed of some politicians. Such has been the plight of Mali, the lone elephant in Manila Zoo. I am infuriated by the government of the City of Manila, who has been staunch in their resolve to make Mali stay in Manila Zoo, this despite a directive issued by President Noynoy Aquino himself, and calls by the international community for her freedom!
Currently, the zoo holds animals from species within a concrete and iron jungle.
Even with the so-called upcoming modernization of the Manila Zoo, they can never provide anything close to what elephants get from their natural habitats. I read that in the wild, elephants move up to 50 kilometers or more every day in a diverse environment that includes fresh vegetation, pools of water, soil, and mud.
This allows them to get enough exercise, the lack of which can lead to severe foot and joint problems. In Manila Zoo, Mali has been suffering from chronic painful foot problems that have gone untreated for a very long time.
The years she has spent in such miserable conditions are almost as long as the entire lifetime of an elephant. She has suffered enough, and deserves to spend the rest of her days in a sanctuary that she deserves, where she can be provided with acres of space for roaming, exploring, grazing, swimming, and socializing only if she so desires similar to what these intelligent and sensitive animals do in the wild.
I am sure that the government of Manila, with their smart politicians, can come up with better ways to earn money. But it should not include the exploitation of animals such as Mali the elephant. It is time to set Mali free!People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia has just released a new report on Vishwamali (“ Mali ” for short), an elephant who was born in Sri Lanka in and was 3 years old when she was torn away from her family and shipped to the Manila Zoo.
MANILA, Philippines - Twitter was abuzz Thursday about Manila Zoo after a blogger published photos of the sad state of the animals there.
A blogger named Nix posted on Tuesday an entry titled "Cramped Cages, Dirty Habitats: The Sadness that is Manila Zoo", showing photos taken in The photos showed the animals in a sad state: . "Around the world every year, elephants of all ages are successfully transported from zoo to zoo, from location to location by circuses, and from zoos to sanctuaries by .
Jan 22, · In the wild, elephants such as Mali live and travel in close-knit matriarchal herds of related females, who roam up to 80 kilometers a day. Asian elephants have home ranges of between 25, and 60, hectares. The entire Manila Zoo measures only hectares.
The Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden is home to about a thousand animals from 90 species as of April The zoo's most popular resident is Mali, an Asian elephant who arrived at the zoo in as 3 year old calf transported from Sri Lanka, after being poached from the r-bridal.comon: Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila, Philippines.
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