MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is looking into the request of British artist Morrissey for the retirement of Mali, the elephant, at the Manila Zoo.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said his office has received Morrissey’s letter, made on behalf of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and addressed to President Benigno S. Aquino III.
“According to the Executive Secretary, it received the letter today and it is being evaluated,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
In his letter to Mr Aquino, Morrissey urged the Chief Executive to free the elephant from its cramped enclosure at the Manila Zoo and to allow it to roam freely with others of its kind.
Morrissey, who will hold a concert in Manila on May 13, is an activist for animal rights and a Peta supporter.
He’s in Jakarta where he is scheduled to hold a concert Thursday, May 10. He also called on the Indonesian government to immediately shut down a notorious zoo in eastern Java where hundreds of animals have died or disappeared.
The former frontman of seminal indie band The Smiths, whose 1985 album is entitled “Meat is Murder,” made the request in a letter to Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan.
“Your ministry called for a change at the Surabaya Zoo, but no improvements have been made,” the vegetarian and animal rights activist wrote in the letter. – Rappler.com