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BARING IT ALL FOR MALI Models and entertainers hold placards calling attention to the plight of Mali, the elephant in Manila Zoo that various groups want to be sent to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand to live out her remaining days. The women (not in order)—Ornusa Cadness, Amanda Griffin, Isabella Gonzales, Sanya Smith, Bianca Valerio, Daiana Menezes, Sheena Vera Cruz, Mia Ayesa, Julia Sniegowski and Geneva Cruz—pose for a campaign of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia. ANDREW TADALAN

Nine female commercial models and entertainers on Tuesday stripped down for the cameras to demonstrate what they called “the naked truth” about the condition of Mali, Manila Zoo’s lone elephant.

With only placards bearing the message “Naked Truth: Mali the Elephant Is Suffering” for cover, the women showed some skin to help the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) in its latest ad campaign calling for Mali’s transfer to the Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in Northern Thailand.

“The ad is just a provocative and funny way to draw attention to a very serious message,” Peta senior campaign manager Ashley Fruno told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, noting that many people were still unaware of the campaign.

Peta believes that the 38-year-old Mali, a female elephant brought to the Philippines from Sri Lanka as a gift to then First Lady Imelda Marcos in 1977, had long been suffering in isolation and must be in the company of other elephants in a sanctuary.

The group had enlisted a number of high-profile endorsers for their advocacy, including British singer Morrissey and Nobel laureate JM Coetzee.

“Elephants are extremely social animals.  Every logical organization in the world recognizes that elephants should not be kept alone.  Mali needs other elephants to be happy. That’s the bottomline,” Fruno said.

If moved to a sanctuary, Mali can do whatever she wants, wake up anytime she wants and play with other elephants while having a  veterinarian constantly watching her, Fruno said.

Last week, the proposed transfer of the aging elephant drew support from some lawmakers as the House committee on natural resources approved a resolution in favor of the relocation.

IN NEED OF COMPANY 38-year-old Mali, a female elephant brought to the Philippines from Sri Lanka as a gift to then First Lady Imelda Marcos in 1977, has long been suffering in isolation and must be in the company of other elephants in a sanctuary. JOHN CHUA/ Contributor

The resolution filed by Gabriela party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan came amid protests from Manila representatives, zoo officials and Mali’s caretakers who warned that it would not be safe for the animal to travel overseas at her age.

They also warned that Mali would be “helpless in the wild” and argued that her being alone in the zoo does not necessarily mean she’s suffering.

Also opposed to the transfer is veteran advertising photographer John Chua, who has been Mali’s volunteer caretaker for more than a decade.

President Aquino late last year directed the Department of Agriculture to determine if Mali is fit for such a trip.

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  • simondj

    ,,, and God said, it is not good for a man to be alone, i will make a helper comparable to him,,, and God put Adam to a deep sleep, and got a bone from his rib, and God make he (the bone) a woman.

    • batangpaslit

      yahoo….heehaw!
      Bro, very biblical ang argument mo ah….chuckles!

    • hillsider62

      Sana dumami pa silang PETA models. hehe..

  • batangpaslit

    bakit hindi naglagay ng isa pang elepante sa Zoo—male and female para hindi “isolated”?
    the domesticated is 38 years old now. but was given as a gift in 1971?
    ano ang nangayari sa missing years? tumanda ang elepante sa kunsomisyon dahil sa sobrang lungkot? dahil sa deprivation to be in company with a male elephant?

    Mali = mali = wrong

    Chuckles…

    • pinoypower

      Kaya hindi naglagay ng isa pang elepante ay para iwasan ang iskandalo. Sa laki ng mga elepante paano mo itatago kung mag-lovemaking sila. Andami pa namang bata na nagpupunta sa Manila Zoo. Hehehe!

      • batangpaslit

        Bro, salamat sa tawa.
        We are having blizzards for three consecutives weeks na…but, your lines made me laugh.
        I am warmed.
        Levity aside, may sexual innuendo naman talaga ang item na ito eh. Look at the photos of those that support of the repatriation of the elephant to correct the problem of “isolation”.
        Akala ko…naked talaga sila when they posed for pictures. Skimpy dressed lang pala. They just teased the blue blooded Pinoys by concealing their swim suits with the placard.
        Chuckles…

  • Vertumnus

    It’s unbelievable she would be alone since 1971.  After all that time, they couldn’t afford to get a couple of elephants to keep her company?  They live to be around 70 years old and I don’t think it’s humane to keep a social animals like that alone and isolated.  If that was the case, why didn’t they just give her to other zoo’s with elephants.  
    People are stewards of the animals on this planet not it’s jailers!  
    Get Mali some company.   It’s the human thing to do.

    • batangpaslit

      Bro, sabi ni PinoyPower, scandalous daw kasi kung merong male company si Miss Mali.
      Kasi daw, sa pag engage nila ng foreplay eh may mga below 10 years old na makakita, eh, sa laki ng elepante hindi matago, walang privacy.
      hehehe…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P3QNTVNSWTS7444BQ4YWKLTKP4 William

    she’s isolated in a small primative area as the lone tiger is also.,to any other country it is disgusting and illegal to treat animals like this.how would they like it the poor thing is probally half crazy by now.barbaric;s the word for it

    • batangpaslit

      bira…banatan mo, Bro

  • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

    Butt.. they aren’t naked.  Is that truth?  I don’t get it.  Just get that elephant some friends.

    • batangpaslit

      hahaha…
      Bro, they just teased you how blue blooded Pinoy you are.

  • Ben Smith

    Naked women for Mali. Yea right, disgusting bit****. And how do these faux animal rights activists really know the elephant is lonely?!? Why don’t you focus your ( i have nothing else to do ) energy actually helping children who are not just lonely but living under bridges in Metro Manila. F***ing turds and quit showing your bits and pieces to get attention.

    • AllaMo

      Inggit ka lang, ‘no…

      • batangpaslit

        hahaahha….baka hindi sia natablan sa mga “naked” advocates.
        hindi sia blue blooded Pinoy.
        hehehe…

  • nakawan

    What does being naked have to do with saving the elephant?

    • Karabkatab

      Perhaps, the models would like to convey the message that they are more fun to look at than the elephant. LOL, What a cheap shot…

      • nakawan

        Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at naked models. But for them to do this for PETA is really kinda douchey.

      • batangpaslit

        Pero kung inalis nila ang placards and nothing in between is left to conceal, what do you think?
        hahaha…

      • batangpaslit

        Bro, I really thought that they are “naked” except that they are concealing their ivory skin toned complexion with placards.
        hindi pala
        They just teased the blue blooded Pinoys in times of “deprivation.
        hahahaha…

    • batangpaslit

      a sublte message that they need to be tended too.
      hehehe…

  • mabuhay_si_marKy

    Leave Mali alone!  Better PETA focus attention to illegal logging, destruction of habitat, support the forest wardens.  Those ladies might be good company for the wardens. too!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    Animals are not like Humans, if the animals really really need a social life, why not just do it virtually. Let the aging Mali sign up and use FACEBOOK!

    • batangpaslit

      hehehe….thanks for the guffaw, Bro

  • NinjaMan

    “With only placards bearing the message “Naked Truth: Mali the Elephant Is Suffering” for cover” , it’s very obvious they’re wearing bikinis, you stupid reporter.

    • batangpaslit

      hahaha…nabitin ka ba, Bro?

      • NinjaMan

        kasi naman kita mo talaga na meron ibang saplot. tapos sasabihin ng inquirer wala. hehehehehe, eh paano ang truth in advertising diyan?

      • batangpaslit

        Bro, salamat sa tawa ha.
        Blizzard sa lugar namin, malamig na at mahangin pa.
        Pero ayos lang kasi napatawa ako sa feedback mo.
        Kung baga sa mga marketing schemes, we were “hooked” kasi nga sa unang basa parang tunay…hahaha.

        Levity aside, ang may hawak placard, Truth, maganda ang mukha. ‘Yong may hawak na Mali, long legged and shapely.
        Kuwidaw pag nabasa ito ng mga Nanay natin, malintikan tayo…hahaha

  • i_am_filipino

    SHE IS TOO OLD, SHE WILL DIE AT AN INSTANT WHEN SHE WILL BE TRANSFERRED. IF SHE WILL BE TRANSFERRED, HER NERVOUS SYSTEM WILL FAIL AND EVENTUALLY DIE. SHE IS HAPPY BEING WATCHED BY PEOPLE. SHE IS NOT ISOLATED AT ALL AS SEEN MANY TIMES GOING OUT AND GREET PEOPLE. SHE CAN SENSE BAD PEOPLE AND CAN BE RELOCATED AT THE HOUSE OF THE SENATE. HER BIG FOOT CAN BE USEFUL FOR BAD PEOPLE DOING CORRUPTION

    • batangpaslit

      ‘di yan galit. sarcastic lang…..hahaha

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FPZFW5OTGPPM6UDIEDWFKXCXTE Orville

    any civilized society is determined   by how it treats its lowly  citizens  and animals.. i say Philippines is not yet there on the ranks of civilized society by how we treat our animals, I saw Mali twice when i visited the Manila zoo, and saw how lonely it was being solitary, the authorities should see to it that it will be with its fellow elephants

    • batangpaslit

      could you and your brother Wilbur fly her out (Ms Mali) to elephant country?

  • marcial101

    Mali’s over 40 years stay in the manila zoo is only indicative that the elephant is well taken care of. If the living condition of Mali is such hazardous and not fit for an elephant, it would have live that long.  

    • batangpaslit

      may punto.
      Ms Mali live a celibate life, eh?

  • jinx

    Haha, cute yung may hawak kay Mali….

  • Yobhtron

    If Manila can’t renovate Manila Zoo, by all means close it.  The zoo is dirty and dilapidated.  Malabon or Subic zoos are much better.

  • certainshadeofgreen

    So how did this get into the Inquirer’s front page? Has the Inquirer already gone this low — posting barely clad models in the headlines to entice the public into buying its newspapers?

    (And I seriously think PETA needs to rethink its strategy of using naked models for their advocacies, if they do want to convince the public into caring more for animals. I’d rather have them put up photos of sick and dying animals rather than photos of sexy women)

    • panhase

       The biggest concern of PETA is publicity. If they are in the headlines then they are able to gather donations.
      There are other organizations doing a lot more for the wellfare of animals but these organizations are not in the headlines because they are more concerned with the work they are doing and not with publicity stunts.

      • We love Pnoy. Do as you please

        PETA has been doing this nude propaganda’s as jaded members are clinging to classic idea that sex sells. come to think of it, PETA is supposed to be creative in its approach. i dare them to utilize other creative avenues to be heard.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Mas delikado kay Mali ang malagay sa environment na di nya nakasanayan for more than 40 years. The best way to help is to find Mali its mate.

    • batangpaslit

      Albin, sabi ni PinoyPower, scandalous daw kung may male companion si Ms Mali.
      Paano na lang daw kung mag foreplay sila, eh, sa laki nila walang privacy, hindi matago.
      hehehe…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

    Elephants are extremely social animals.  Every logical organization in the world recognizes that elephants should not be kept alone.  Mali needs other elephants to be happy. That’s the bottomline,” Fruno said.

    how do these people know that mali is unhappy? beats me, if i know.

    • Don Dee

      If you’ve owned a pet, you know that animals are capable of almost human emotions as happiness, anger, and even loneliness.

      • taga_ilog

        it’s called innate behavior or instinct, I often wonder why humans think they are the only ones capable of emotions. 

  • Sober_One

    I’d like to credit PETA for this effective attention-grabbing public awareness campaign on Mali’s situation. However, there’s a greater issue (or a bigger issue, if you want to term it) that PETA may want to raise public awareness: the issue of dwindling biodiversity in the country because of various destructive human activities. The Philippines is one of the crown jewels of biodiversity in the world, but ironically it also ranked very high as environmental hotspot.   

  • pinoypower

    ‘Ala panty para sa elepante! Happy si Mali, happy din kami! LOL!

  • Isa_Ka_Pa

    walang effect naman ang ganitong gimik.
    anong kinalaman nitong paghuhuband ng mga TALENTLESS fckables kay mali ?
    walang connection sa wildlife awareness.

    naked my ahhss! kita kaya bikini nung iba. piss-poor attempt

  • band1do

    WOW… :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELTWKJPUAIB6ANDT4KSL7BSATA Shalani

    naked ba to? dapat hindi naka cover, dapat labas bulb0l!

    • batangpaslit

      hahaha….reklamo ka, bitin ka rin ba, Bro?

  • Sinugba

    Peta’s advocacy for animal welfare is laudable. However does the group consulted a knowledgeable person regarding the real score of Mali? Mali is an elephant that was donated to the Manila Zoo when she was 3 years old. She does not know life outside her cage. She does not know how to socialized with other wild elephants, forage for food, defend herself against predators and in short how to survive in the wild. Usually if an animal is planned to be introduced back to the wild it should be well thought out and not when it is the animal is already old.

    Having spent practically her whole life in captivity, Mali would not survive the wild.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SWNMNASQSFH4B4BM6Q3EXQT4HQ Tart

       true!

      she would only die of hunger.

      since she is already  roughly 42 years, and taken in captivity, wherein, ang pagkain at inumin niya — binibigay na lang sa kanya, inihahain na lang sa kanya. hindi niya kailangang mag-hunt for her survival.

      unlike yung mga elephants sa wild, innate na sa kanila kung ano ang kanilang buhay …

      kapag dinala sa “wild” si mali, baka mas mapadali  pa ang buhay niya dahil sa “stress” dahil new environment sa kanya ito. 

      • batangpaslit

        may punto…

    • batangpaslit

      wise words…

    • hustlergalore

      NYAK. ang PETA mahilig ngang ngumawa ng ngumawa at maghubad ng maghubad.

      gusto pa nilang pagbiyahe-in ang matandang elepante. mas lalong ma-stress yun.

      LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJW2CHZBIO7YZ6MK3KVALX4VM4 Jhonny

    Sana nandyan ako pag picture taking…

    • batangpaslit

      hehehe…ano ang gagawin mo?

  • Komen To

    Take a stranger elephant, who grew up in the zoo, into the wild and sooner than later, he’d be dead by starvation, or eaten by carnivores. Do they not have logic? I will fight for the safety of Mali inside he zoo, if they really care for animal welfare ( that is if they really do care)

    • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

      Mali will not be released into the wild. There is an elephant sanctuary in Thailand that will give mali the companion and some lovin. Imagine not having been laid for the past 38 years.

      • batangpaslit

        hahaha…deprived si Ms Mali, eh?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K3AUOVX5SXH4QSBROS76XUY3LE pizza ria

    mga bading ba tong mga to? mukhang mga bakla o mga bakla talaga siguro.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWQAZPNGR7CKVJPEWH72BYZ4QA Jok

      LGBT si Mali…LOL!

    • trader1nb

       it takes one to know one. lol!

  • boldyak

    hindi naman concern sa elepante ang mag nasa picture…mga EPAL mga ito…sumasakay sa issue…dapat concern sila sa ALAPANTY..mga TH…bwahahahaha

    • xuaeenr

      Nice! Not really sure what taking clothes off will affect the crusade. But I don’t complain!

    • batangpaslit

      ano, Bro, bilihan mo sila? hahaha…

  • Mr_Ben

    Speaking of Manila Zoo, I am concerned with the rest of the animals there as well. Nung huli akong nakapunta dun, nabahala ako sa setup ng zoo nila. bukod sa hinahayaan nilang tapunan ng tao ng basura o pagkain yung cages, napansin ko yung malalakas nilang speakers sa paligid ng zoo at nagpapatugtog pa sila ng malakas na musika. Hindi ito akma para ma-“simulate” yung natural environment ng mga hayop kahit papaano, kung saan eh yun ang dapat ginagawa ng isang zoo.

  • butchred

    bigyan nyo ng lalaki na elepante!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    I’m suffering from loneliness too. Can they please come and show me some posters?

  • linobog

    They are posing to advertise their FLESH business and not for the elephant’s sake. What is lacking here is the price tag.  May be they should also pose in congress to scare the crocodiles.

  • xuaeenr

    Mali needs elephant company… I need the ladies’ company :p

    • batangpaslit

      yan ang “naked” truth. salita ng blue blooded Pinoy….hehehe

  • edmanuel

    Gusto lang i-display ang katawan, idinahilan pa ang elepante…

  • RomyLitz

    Like Lampel or Pepsi Paloma , one or two of these naked models will be raped or imprisoned by military men dressed in civilian clothes like Marantan. Hey girsl, are you inviting the heavily and legally armed military men who are both rapists and murderers to pick you up at home only to be raped or killed ?..mag ingat !!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

    hey, the lady on the front carrying the placard IS is wearing a yellow two piece!! The one on the left carrying the placard NAKED is wearing a white undies!! They clearly did not strip down for the Naked Truth!!

    This is blatant cheating!

    Mali would go nuts even more!

    • trader1nb

       perv__rt!

    • batangpaslit

      bitin ba? hahaha…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

    Let Imelda accompany Mali in Manila zoo, this elephant should had been provided an elephant companion in the zoo a long time ago

  • hustlergalore

    kala ko nakahubad. e may panty naman pala.

    the people here are also suffering. btw.

    LOL

  • txtman

    THE GOVERNMENT OR WHO EVER IS IN-CHARGE

    CAN TALK WITH THE DIFFERENT

    PARK ADMINISTRATORS IN SOUTH AFRICA

    RIGHT NOW.
    .

    THEY HAVE AN EXCESS OF ELEPHANTS

    AND THEY EVEN THINKING OF EVENTUALLY

    KILLING/CULLING THESE ELEPHANTS

    JUST TO CONTROL THEIR NUMBER

    .
    .
     MAYBE WE CAN GET SOME OF THESE ELEPHANTS

    AND JUST PAY FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OR

    FIND SOME SPONSORS FOR THE TRASPORTATION
    .
    .
     WE NEED ZOOS

    IN ORDER TO EDUCATE THE PEOPLE ABOUT

    THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING WILD LIFE

    JUST LIKE

    HAVING BOTANICAL GARDENS OR AQUARIUMS

  • Hannibal

    Any one who has consciousness doesn’t want his/her freedom curtailed. Imagine being restricted in a limited space for a long time. Just queuing up to pay your Meralco bill is torture already, imagine being chained or caged all your life. If we are thinking we ask, is it right to do it to anyone or to do it to animals? It’s okay if we jail criminals, they know it’s consequence of their action, but to do it to innocent individual, there’s no justification. Mali has the right for freedom so do all other animals in all the zoos. Zoos must all be abolished and in lieu of them sanctuaries must be established. Humans should have no monopoly for rights. In fact we are not even needed in this world. We should be happy we exist but we must not strip others of their own happiness or we must not cause them their suffering.

    • batangpaslit

      Ces, ayaw ng Moderator mag comment ako sa comment mo….chuckles.

  • batangpaslit

    Cesdeco’s view is wise.
    I think, a sanctuary is a better arrangement for wildlife to be viewed, rather than a cramp and polluted Zoo.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    suffering in isolation? oh common! Ever thought of the millions of chicken, pigs, cows, carabaos, goats, fishes, etc. being slaughtered everyday for man’s food?….they do not suffer long in isolation.

    Stop over-acting, using such issue an excuse to display your skins. You deserve more attention, not the elephant….shame on you!…You are being used…you allow yourselves to be used.

    The elephant should have died of loneliness a long time ago. My guess is that, the elephant even has a facebook account. And with the length of time, I doubt if the elephant even remembers what an elephant looks like, and you send him/her (whatever) to wilderness.

  • nieron

    I was also disturbed by how these ladies got the mass attention. I do hope it is really in their system to care for the environment and animals not just to flaunt their assets. Anyway, they’ve achieved their purpose. 

    How about transferring the animal in Palawan together with the other species and import another elephant as its mate. Maybe our DENR officials have experts to look after these endangered animals. 

  • Cue_Vas

    I love Mali.
    First saw her when I was a boy.
    Saw her again last year and I think she remembered me.
    I want the best for her, but I don’t know what that is.

  • pepito gwaps

    Kilala pa kaya nya yong mga kapatid nyang elepante?

  • Geometry Par

    pro GMA ata hinayupak na yan…

  • oidkcin

    tahan na idoy harharhar.

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