Ely Buendia joins ‘Free Mali’ campaign

Ely Buendia and other celebrities clamor for the release of ailing elephant Mali

FREE MALI. Ely and other celebrities pose for mug shots to help free sick elephant Mali. Photo from PETA

MANILA, Philippines – Musician Ely Buendia is the latest celebrity to join the campaign to free elephant Mali, whose poor living conditions in Manila Zoo contribute to her worsening health.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched “Free Mali,” a campaign aimed at relocating the ailing elephant that has been confined in a cramped enclosure in Manila Zoo for 36 years. 

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Alongside being deprived of her natural needs — large acres to roam in, fresh vegetation, rivers and ponds to bathe in, the company of other elephants — Mali also lacks much needed medical attention for potentially fatal foot problems.

Animal experts Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Philip K. Ensley, and world-renowned veterinarian Dr. Henry Melvyn Richardson all agree that immediate relocation is best for Mali.

Ely Buendia and other celebrities like Geneva Cruz and Amanda Griffin posed for “mug shots” symbolizing the prison-like situation Mali is subjected to.

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Other institutions Earth Island Institute, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Humane Society International, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and Animals Asia have offered their support to the cause. – Rappler.com

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