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Manila mayor rejects elephant transfer

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MANILA - The mayor of the Philippine's capital on Thursday rejected calls by animal rights campaigners to transfer the country's sole elephant from Manila's rundown zoo to a Thai sanctuary. 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has been leading a campaign for nearly a decade to have Sri Lankan-born Mali moved from the zoo, insisting the 39-year-old elephant is lonely and being poorly treated.

However the recently elected mayor of Manila, former Philippine president and movie star Joseph Estrada, said transferring Mali would be a humiliation for the country.

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