Paul McCartney campaigns for Philippines elephant

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By Gilbert P. Felongco/gulfnews.com – Sir Paul McCartney is the latest international celebrity to add his voice to the clamour to transfer 36-year-old Asian pachyderm “Mali” from the Manila Zoo to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

The eminent artist sent a letter to President Benigno Aquino III on Friday asking that Mali be moved to the sanctuary and for the Philippine leader to make good of his earlier promise to do something about the pachyderm’s plight.

“I am writing to add my voice to the many others who are supporting the transfer of Mali… as soon as possible. Every single day that she remains in the zoo, Mali suffers,” he said.

“I have great regard for governments that intervene on behalf of animals, just as yours did with the May 2012 directive ordering that Mali be evaluated and considered for transfer. That said, time is passing and it has been more than a year since that directive was issued — yet Mali’s seems no closer to enjoying her well deserved retirement at an approved sanctuary,” he said.

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