Since 1977 or for the last 37 years, Mali, a female elephant, has been kept by herself in a concrete enclosure at a Manila Zoo with no dirt and grass under her feet or trees to scratch against and leaves to eat. Her only interaction comes from the visitors who sometimes throw her peanuts.
Elephants by nature are intelligent and complex animals with their own intricate societies that involve a largely matriarchal system. Elephants care, love, play, protect, and mourn each other throughout the course of their lifetime. They spend a great amount of time walking upwards of 30 miles a day over vast amounts of lands in search of food and water.
Imagine the life then that Mali has “lived” after being stolen away as a young elephant from her mother in Pakistan and transferred to the Philippines. It’s nothing short of traumatic. In her current environment, she displays signs of depression and sadness. From a physical standpoint, scientists and biologists have stated she will die under these conditions. Her feet in the nearly four decades have paid the price against the concrete surface and in a video, you can see what is termed “favouring” taking place. This occurs when an elephant routinely lifts one foot off the ground and rests its weight on the other three.
Enough is enough; animals in captivity still have their instincts and desires for life in the wild. There is an elephant sanctuary ready to take Mali into its family of 12 other rehabilitated elephants called BLES, short for Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary located in Thailand. However, the Filipino officials have to date consistently refused to release her. We therefore need to put pressure on them.
If you are willing to make a difference and do good, take five to 10 seconds of your time and sign this petition via http://www.freemali.com/. I know it takes that miniscule amount of time, because I signed the aforementioned and shared the link via Facebook, Twitter and Google+. If you’re in the Philippines you can even help in the protests and boycott the zoo.
Tell your family and friends and let’s get Mali to freedom.