British pop music icon Sir Paul McCartney has joined international animal rights activists in calling for the transfer of a 39-year-old elephant from a Philippine zoo to a sanctuary in Thailand.
McCartney urged President Benigno Aquino III to set the creature, named Mali, free from Manila Zoo and allow her to live with other elephants in a sanctuary, more than one year after the president ordered a review of Mali's condition.
"With the stroke of a pen, you can bring an end to her suffering, and I urge you, with all my heart, to direct that Mali be given that joy now," he said in a letter to Aquino.
Other celebrities who have written to Aquino about Mali include British singer Morrissey and sultry Hollywood actress Pamela Anderson, who even invited the bachelor president on a date so they could talk about the welfare of the elephant.
Mali, the only elephant at the 5.5-hectare Manila Zoo, was donated by Sri Lanka in 1977.
Campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been calling for Mali's transfer, recruiting stars to back its claims that the elephant's enclosure is cramped and lacks room for Mali to roam around properly.
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