More lawmakers want Mali, the elephant at Manila Zoo, transferred to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand

Two more lawmakers have joined the call to bring Mali, the elephant in Manila Zoo, to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand for rehabilitation.

Two more lawmakers have joined the call to bring Mali, the elephant in Manila Zoo, to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand for rehabilitation.

 

According to the Public Relations and Information Bureau of the House of Representatives, Gabriela party-list Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus have filed a resolution urging the Bureau of Animal Industry and the Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau to transfer Mali to Thailand immediately.

 

"Mali's confinement in a concrete enclosure with very limited space restricts its movement, thus chronic pressure sores develop, and its foot infections and arthritis continue to worsen, as concrete surfaces do not allow a variety of surfaces for her to roam around in, causing infections which lead to death among elephants," Ilagan said.

 

Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla, Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao party-list Rep. Maximo Rodriguez have previously urged the government agencies to facilitate the immediate transfer of Mali to Thailand.

 

In September last year, conservationist Jane Goodall called on President Benigno Aquino III to send Mali to a sanctuary, saying the Manila Zoo had failed to take care of the elephant properly. Goodall, who has a doctorate in the study of animal behavior, said Mali should be allowed to "live out her days with a degree of autonomy and dignity and finally be in the company of other elephants."

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