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Mali Gets a Little Help From Her Friend Paul McCartney

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 19, 2013

In Paul McCartney‘s 9/11 tribute song, “Freedom,” he sings, “This is my right, a right given by God, to live a free life, to live in freedom.” Now the music legend is making a personal appeal for Mali—an Asian elephant who was stolen from her family at 3 years old and imprisoned at the Manila Zoo in the Philippines—to live a free life. Mali has been held at the zoo for 36 long years, 33 of them completely alone.


Paul sent an urgent letter to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III asking him to expedite Mali’s transfer to the lush, spacious sanctuary in Thailand that has promised her a home with other elephants.

In his letter, Paul wrote:

Please know that everyone who cares for elephants is awaiting the day when Mali will leave the zoo for her new retirement home at the sanctuary and—surrounded by other elephants—take her first steps in freedom. With the stroke of a pen, you can bring an end to her suffering, and I urge you, with all my heart, to direct that Mali be given that joy now. Let me end with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that I hope you believe in, too: ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’

What You Can Do

To join Paul and countless others in calling for Mali’s release, visit her website at

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  • lydia says:

    born free please release this animal

  • johne says:

    Please let Mali take steps into freedom!

  • Angelam says:

    Heartbreaking .. Please free her to be with get own kind.

  • schwarzsoleil says:

    No elephant deserves beeing all alone in prison. Please let Mali take steps into freedom!

  • Evelyn Beatson says:

    I feel sooo sorry for animals such as Mali who are captured, locked up and put on display so people can stare at them. 33 years is far, far to long, please let her out so she can enjoy a little bit of freedom before she dies in there. I just cringe at the thought of animals going around in circles like that…the boredom must be unbearable……………..when will people stop being so cruel

  • india says:

    What is the greatness and progress of indian today mr. paul maccartney?

  • Will Key says:

    Sir. Paul McCartny, it is in the better interests of the animal kingdom for as many of the animals which remain in captivity to be released to a non-confinement arena to which they might procreate, to potentially rejuvanate the planet’s vital species…THANK YOU for your efforts to stand with a silent majority!! Good on you!!

  • Diana Price Seal says:

    Do what’s right and release this gentle giant from her prison she deserves to be free with other elephants

  • Lynda Hackleton says:

    Please end this Animals suffering today set her free from behind bars she didn’t commit any crime

  • Lynda Hackleton says:

    Please end this Animals suffering today set her free from behind bars she didn’t commit any crime

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  • neetu sharma says:

    Help Mali a living being just like us.

  • Natalia Lisboa says:

    The inadequacies for elephants in captivity will always be a source of disease and suffering for elephants.Wild animals belong in the wild. FREE MALI!!!

  • Jessica says:

    I can’t believe how far humans go in a bad and good way, good way in this case Mr. Mc.Cartney.