Paul McCartney asks Aquino to free elephant

Saturday, July 20, 2013

MANILA – Singer-songwriter Paul McCartney, who gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles, has joined calls for the release of an elderly elephant in the Manila Zoo. According to the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), McCartney sent a letter to President Benigno Aquino III asking him to transfer Mali to a sanctuary in Thailand.

“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 seems no closer to enjoying her well-deserved retirement at an approved sanctuary,” McCartney wrote, as quoted by PETA.

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