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Former Miss Universe Also Makes Heartfelt Plea to Free Ailing Elephant From Cruel Solitary Confinement at Manila Zoo

For Immediate Release:

27 December 2012

Bangkok – The growing worldwide call for Mali, a 38-year-old ailing female elephant suffering in solitary confinement at the Manila Zoo, to be transferred to a lush, spacious sanctuary in Thailand, where she can finally enjoy the crucial company of other elephants, has just gotten a lot louder. That's because musician, actor and The Voice of Thailand judge Kong Saharat has written a letter for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia compellingly stating the case for Mali's transfer to the sanctuary, which has already agreed to accept her. Furthermore, PETA has agreed to cover all expenses related to the transfer.

"The time has come to do what is right for Mali and give her a second chance at life", writes Saharat. "I can't wait to welcome Mali to Thailand."

Saharat isn't the only high-profile personality support Mali's transfer. Russian-Canadian beauty queen and Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova has also penned a letter in Mali's behalf.

"Elephants are extremely social animals. They share in each other's joy and excitement, mourn the loss of loved ones and teach each other life lessons and skills", says Glebova, who represented Thailand in the Amazing Race in 2008. "I hope I'll soon be welcoming Mali into the beautiful country of Thailand, which I call home."

A growing number of celebrities and elephant experts – including world-renowned elephant veterinarian Dr Henry Richardson, who recently determined that Mali suffers from potentially fatal foot problems – are calling for her transfer to the sanctuary. In her current environment, Mali is cruelly denied socialisation, stimulation, room to explore and everything else that is natural and important to her. She endures intense confinement, loneliness, boredom and isolation in an area a tiny fraction of the size of her natural habitat.

Contact PETA for photographs of Mail in her enclosure, copies of the letters from Saharat and Glebova or other information about Mali.