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World-Renowned Animal Expert Supports Transfer of Manila Zoo's Ailing Elephant to Sanctuary

For Immediate Release:

September 20, 2012

Manila — President Benigno Aquino III has received a personal letter from world-renowned animal conservation expert Dr. Jane Goodall. Goodall wrote to the president to support his directive that orders that Mali—the lone elephant suffering without veterinary care at the Manila Zoo—be reviewed and considered for transfer to a sanctuary. In the letter, Goodall emphasizes the importance of transferring Mali as soon as possible so that she can finally receive proper veterinary care and enjoy the companionship of other elephants.

"I am heartened to learn that you agree that action must be taken for this ailing elephant," writes Goodall. "Elephants need the company and companionship of other elephants. Even if Mali were in a sound state physically, keeping her alone in a cramped, barren pen is still ethically indefensible."

"The Manila Zoo has failed Mali. Not only is she suffering from isolation and captivity-induced foot problems, I've also learned that she has not even had basic blood work conducted in the three and a half decades that she's been at the zoo," Goodall continues. "The demonstrated lack of preventive care and prophylactic treatment is indicative of the inadequate expertise available to Mali. This elephant has suffered long enough."

Considered the world's foremost ethologist, Goodall has a decades-long career that encompasses work on many conservation issues. For her environmental and humanitarian work, she has been named a Dame Commander of the British Empire and a United Nations Messenger of Peace and has been recognized by France, Tanzania, Japan, and Spain, among other nations.

Goodall joins a growing list of animal experts—including elephant veterinarian Dr. Henry Richardson, who recently diagnosed Mali with potentially fatal foot problems—who have supported PETA's call for Mali to be transferred to a sanctuary, where she can receive the care that she needs and live among others of her own kind.

Jane Goodall's letter to President Aquino is available upon request. For more information, please visit