A letter from Paul McCartney, date July 19, to President Benigno Aquino III asking Mali be transferred to a sanctuary in Thailand.
In his letter states:
“I am writing to add my voice to the many others who are supporting the transfer of Mali, the lonely elephant currently being held at the Manila Zoo, to a sanctuary in Thailand as soon as possible,” wrote McCartney.
“I have great regard for governments that intervene [in] behalf of animals, just as yours did with the May 2012 directive ordering that Mali be evaluated and considered for transfer.”
“I was shocked to learn that Mali has never even received proper preventive foot care when foot and joint problems are the leading cause of death among captive elephants kept on hard surfaces and when this type of care is something that every reputable zoo in the world offers.”
“Action must be taken for this ailing elephant, and you hold the key,” McCartney wrote Aquino. “With the stroke of a pen, you can bring an end to her suffering, and I urge you, with all my heart, to direct that Mali be given that joy now.”
Malacañang has yet to confirm with the President if he has received the letter.