• Day 184: MALI – THE ELEPHANT THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO SAVE BUT NO ONE CAN. YET.

    Mar 26th
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    Mali, the elephant everyone is trying to rescue.

    The zoo in Manila isn’t that bad. It’s just an archetypal zoo.

    In other words its downright depressing. 

    While we wait for the Mayor to get back in touch about our dog rescue mission (he’s doing whatever Mayor’s do when they are unavailable) we decide to visit the local zoo and see a famous elephant that has lived here in isolation for decades.

    She is called Mali.

    Everyone but everyone around the world has been trying to get this elephant out but she’s STILL here. Pacing up and down.

    Watching Mali - she kind of does the same thing over and over. Like watching BIg Brother on TV at 5am but with no sofa.

    Watching Mali – she kind of does the same thing over and over. Like watching BIg Brother on TV at 5am but with no sofa.

    Mali, the elephant everyone is trying to rescue.

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    I find these photos kind of weird. Like my camera was possessed.. They are the closest thing I have done to war photography. Of course they are not war photography. But they do show the effects of a terrible between the oppressor and the oppressed.

     

    My main impression of this zoo is of concrete and flimsy fences. Everywhere you look there are vast animals – hippos, large ostriches, tigers and an even an elephant called Mali – that live mostly in isolation in very drab concrete enclosures protected by a poor permiter. The only thing stopping them jumping out is their learned helplessness. This place is the epitome of the zoo-prison, it doesn’t even pretend to be natural and for that sort of honesty you have to hand it to the zoo-keepers.

    Give them a single peso.

     

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    A local visitor getting into the mood of this crazy happy place.

    A local visitor getting into the mood of this crazy happy place.

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    And then Mali:  pacing up and down her bare cell. She’s been the subject of a huge international drive to release her. PETA have committed to flying her across the world to an elephant sanctuary and caring for the rest of her life and yet still the poor soul is still here.

    Why?

    Because the local mayor thinks that every zoo needs an elephant.

    TOMORROW: we wait for the green light to try and intercept the truck bound for the dog meat trade. Can we rescue any dogs? Can we get the mayor out of bed?

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    Andrew crosses the divide. Kind of seems a little easy to get close to the animals at this zoo. And yet they are so so far away.

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    10 Responses to “Day 184: MALI – THE ELEPHANT THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO SAVE BUT NO ONE CAN. YET.”

    1. I have heard of Mali and her plight, I have read the articles and seen the photos and every time I am reminded of her sorrowful situation a little Mali shaped hole appears in my heart.

      Her enduring suffering is pitiful, I can only hope that the Mayor sees sense and allows her to be sent somewhere there will be some kind if semblance of what it is like to be an elephant and not an exhibit.

      Heartbreaking.

    2. Thanks Caroline. Please pass on the link to these pictures if you can. The more awareness the better. THanks for reading

    3. What can we do to help? Every time I see something like this it’s like a shot through the heart . Is there anything practical I can do that at help?

    4. Hi Lisa

      I know it is so hard.

      PETA are working very hard to release this elephant and are getting extremely close. It should happen (we hope) soon. Please go to:

      http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=15645

      Let me know if you need any more help

      Martin

    5. There is an online petition for Mali you can sign too – http://www.change.org/savemali

    6. thank you

    7. http://www.ciwf.org.uk/

      Martin if you want to help animals go vegan. Contact PETA or compassion in world farming (a farm animal rights advocacy organization in Britain) They would be thrilled to show you how

    8. Yes, I do a lot of work with CIWF and will be seeing them about some work I’m doing on farms soon. thanks for the comment

    9. I’m from the Philippines and I agree to your opinion. Our Manila Zoo is not natural, it has concrete walls to floors. I want to say that I am on your side.for almost 10years i visited that zoo, she’s been there doing the same thing over and over again -roaming around. I really pity those animals that had no companion at all like their kind. Thank you for sharing that story to everyone.

    10. thank you for reading Kimberly and I am glad you agree. I hear that she might soon be going to a rescue sanctuary in Thailand. Let’s hope so.

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