PETA has started a campaign for Mali to be removed from the zoo, and to move it to a sanctuary in Srilanka. British pop star Morrissey, J.M. Coetzee a noble luterate in literature, and Jane Goodall, famous animal welfare campaigner, are also contributing in this campaign, and they have written letters to the Philippine government asking for Mali to be transferred.
The Philippines have a critical poverty problem, where one quarter of the population lives on a dollar a day or less. The entrance fee of the zoo is 40 pesos for adults and 20 pesos for children. It is a very low fare, but the zoo management has fixed such a low fee to give the poorer citizens an opportunity to see the zoo.
The zoo works as a social service organization, and not as a profit oriented organization, and is specially designed for the poorer community in Manila. So the Mayor is rejecting the calls to relocate the elephant Mali, as it is the major attraction of the zoo, reported AFP.
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