Charice and Aiza Seguerra join urgent call to free Mali the elephant


"I just can't imagine how it feels for Mali to be alone and not getting attention that Mali deserves. And not only that, she's not getting some serious and important care that she actually really needs," Charice says about Mali the elephant in Manila Zoo.


Before they hit The Big Dome for their much-awaited tandem concert, The Power of Two: Charice and Aiza, this September 28, Aiza Seguerra and Charice are demonstrating the "power of two" by joining the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) Asia "Free Mali" campaign.

Mali is the solitary, ailing elephant languishing in a barren enclosure at the Manila Zoo.

PETA has been urging concerned authorities to transfer Mali to a lush sanctuary where she can be treated for the potentially fatal foot ailments she has been suffering for years.

The two musicians are the latest stars to pose for "mug shots"— holding signs reading "Charice Wants Mali Freed" and "Aiza Wants Mali Freed"—which will be used for advertisement purposes.

In addition to the new print ad, Charice is also starring in a public service announcement video, which is now available online, calling for Mali's freedom.

"I just can't imagine how it feels for Mali to be alone and not getting attention that Mali deserves.

"And not only that, she's not getting some serious and important care that she actually really needs," Charice says.

"Mali has been sentenced to a life of loneliness, misery, and neglect," says Aiza.

"When people all around the world are calling for Mali to be freed, in light of the suffering she has endured at the hands of the Manila Zoo [authorities], the proposal to bring in more elephants to the zoo is outrageous!

"They would have to endure the same cramped, concrete conditions, lack of exercise, and improper veterinary care as Mali has for the past 36 years."

Mali has received no proper veterinary care for more than 36 years, leaving her to endure constant pain from debilitating foot problems.

In addition, elephants are highly social animals, who naturally live in herds and suffer greatly in the absence of other elephants. Mali is all alone, making her transfer even more urgent.

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Even if the elephant exhibit at the Manila Zoo were to be doubled or tripled in size, it would still not be adequate to house one elephant, never mind additional ones.

While zoos around the world have spent up to USD56 million (Php2.4 billion) on attempts at more appropriately-sized elephant exhibits, more and more zoos have recognized that the needs of these complex and intelligent animals cannot be met in captivity.

These facilities are transeferring elephants to sanctuaries and closing their exhibits.

The Detroit Zoo, the ZSL London Zoo, the Greater Vancouver Zoo, and the San Francisco Zoo are just a few of the zoos around the world that are closing their elephant exhibits and transferring the elephants to sanctuaries.

For more information, please visit PETA Asia's website at FreeMali.com.


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