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Mali’s life in zoo worse than stint in POW camp

I am writing to you today concerning a matter that is very close to my heart—the plight of Mali, the lone elephant at the Manila Zoo. I am an American citizen and have never visited the Philippines, yet elements of Mali’s life bear stark similarities to my own.

Posted: September 25th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Aquino’s directive on Mali ignored for past 14 months and counting

PETA’S phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from veterinarians around the world who, like us, are outraged by the inaccurate and ambiguous statements that Dr. Nikorn Thongtip has made to media about Mali, the elephant at the Manila Zoo. Thongtip’s area of specialization is in elephant reproduction. He is not qualified to [...]

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Tusk destruction good, but remember Mali

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) is pleased to see the Department of Environment and Natural Resources taking elephant protection so seriously.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Lim has done nothing for Mali’

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim portrays himself as a defender of justice, yet right now, he is one obstacle to righting a wrong. Ignoring the recommendations of experts around the world, Lim refuses to approve the transfer of Mali, the ailing and depressed lone elephant at the Manila Zoo, to a sanctuary.

Posted: April 10th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Mali’s suffering mocks teachings of Jesus, Francis

As the new Pope’s namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, said, “All creatures are created from the same paternal heartbeat of God.” Christ’s teachings of mercy and compassion are made a mockery of by the continued confinement of Mali the elephant at the Manila Zoo. Would Jesus have tormented one of God’s creatures capable of feeling [...]

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Where in the world is Mali?

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There’s probably not a single country left in the world today where one would not find Filipinos. In any war that breaks out anywhere, any major disaster that happens on land or at sea, in every hijacking of a cargo boat, or any terrorist attack in a crowded public place in any big city—chances are one of the victims could be a Filipino worker. This has made the everyday outlook of the average Filipino global. In the short span of 40 years, we have, by necessity, become interested in what is happening in the rest of the world because of the broad dispersal of our overseas workers.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Out of West Africa

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Before the military coup in March, Mali was touted as an exemplar of democracy in West Africa. The military junta has since stepped down, but beatings and arrests continue in Bamako, the capital.

Posted: September 8th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No place for Mali

Laudable was the editorial on Mali, the 38-year-old elephant caged in Manila Zoo for more than 30 years (Inquirer, 6/24/12). I agree: Mali should be kept there no further.

Posted: July 5th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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