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Committee on Natural Resources to Consider Resolutions to Aid Ailing Elephant Suffering at Manila Zoo

For Immediate Release:

January 29, 2013

Quezon City — The Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives will consider three resolutions to have the appropriate authorities immediately look into the failing health of Mali, the solitary elephant at the Manila Zoo. This deliberation comes on the heels of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia's online petition, which garnered more than 60,000 signatures urging Secretary of Agriculture Proceso J. Alcala to transfer Mali from her tiny enclosure at the zoo to a sanctuary in Thailand. The resolutions were introduced by Rep. Anthony Rolando T. Golez Jr., Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez, Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez Jr., Rep. Luzviminda C. Ilagan, and Rep. Emmi A. de Jesus.

When:       Wednesday, January 30, 1:30 p.m.

Where:     Conference rooms 3 and 4, Speaker Ramon V. Mitra Jr. Building, House of Representatives, Quezon City

"The call for Mali's freedom has resounded with nearly everyone except her captors at the Manila Zoo," says PETA Asia Campaigns Manager Rochelle Regodon. "After 35 years of holding Mali in what amounts to a prison cell, they may soon find themselves on the wrong side of government action."

In her current environment, Mali is denied everything that's natural and important to her. But at a sanctuary, she would have hectares of land in which to roam, rivers and ponds to bathe in, and the crucial company of other elephants. A growing number of elephant experts, including world-renowned veterinarian Dr. Henry Richardson, who in June determined that Mali suffers from potentially fatal foot problems, are calling for Mali's transfer to a sanctuary. In addition, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has issued a directive to consider Mali for relocation to a sanctuary. Mali's transfer has also received high-profile international support from such notables as French film legend Brigitte Bardot, ethologist and wildlife conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, and author J.M. Coetzee, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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