As a first-time visitor to the Philippines, I arrived in Manila with high expectations of a kind and compassionate nation. My predictions proved to be spot on, with the exception of my visit to the Manila Zoo.
I am a college student from the United States visiting the Philippines for the first time. Upon arriving here, I heard a lot about an elephant named Mali. I decided last June 5 to check her out and see what has made her a local celebrity.
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.
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 [...]
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.