Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Manila 2013: Models strip for 'Mali' the elephant

Released into the public domain by PETA.
Released into the public domain by PETA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Calls for the transfer of Manila Zoo's elephant "Mali" are going stronger with the recent addition of her top-notch 'freedom for Mali' warriors.

Top models and celebrities such as Bianca Valerio, Amanda Griffin Jacob, Geneva Cruz, Daiana Menezes, Sheena Vera Cruz, Julia Sniegowski, Ornusa Cadness, Mia Ayesa and Sanya Smith have joined the calls for Mali's transfer to a more habitable environment.

Mali has been in Manila zoo for decades.

In a photoshoot spearheaded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia (PETA), the models "took off" their clothes and only held placards calling for Mali's transfer.

This comes as an online petition gains over 60,000 signatures, calling to take Mali out from "solitary confinement at the Manila Zoo, where she is ailing and denied everything that's natural and important to her."

PETA says Mali should stay in "a spacious sanctuary in Thailand, where she would enjoy vast spaces in which to roam, the vital company of other elephants, and top veterinary care."

PETA, known for its provocative ads, said Mali is also "suffering from debilitating foot ailments, the leading cause of death in captive elephants."

The ad was shot by ace photographer Niccolo Cosme and had the voluntary help of several celebrity make-up artists, said PETA.

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