Naked protest for lonely elephant
- Published: 6/02/2013 at 08:55 AM
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Volunteered models and entertainers on Tuesday went naked in public as part of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (Peta) campaign to try to move a 38-year-old Sri Lankan elephant from the Manila Zoo to Thailand.
A PETA photo shoot was designed to bring attention to the group's campaign to demand the transfer of ageing Mali to a preserve in Sukhothai province. (Reuters photo)
Nine female commercial models and entertainers stripped down for the cameras to demonstrate what they called “the naked truth” about the condition of Mali, said a report in The Inquirer newspaper.
They held signs that spelled out "Naked Truth: Mali the Elephant is Suffering" as cameras snapped and passers-by gawked at the DPI XL Studios in Makati City in suburban Manila.
An online petition by PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - has gained 60,000 signatures calling for the transfer of Mali, the country's only elephant, from solitary confinement at the zoo to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary in Sukhothai province.
"After enduring 36 years of confinement to what amounts to a prison cell, Mali deserves a second chance at life at a sanctuary," said PETA's Asia Campaigns Manager Rochelle Regodon.
"The stars are aligning for Mali's freedom."
Mali suffers from cracked nails and foot pads and overgrown cuticles. Her health alone might prevent her transfer to Thailand, even if PETA can overcome other obstacles - which seems unlikely.
Mali was presented in 1977 to Imelda Marcos, wife of the former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, by the government of Sri Lanka.
Last week, the proposed transfer of the old elephant drew support from some lawmakers as the House committee on natural resources approved a resolution in favour of the relocation.