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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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  • Rachel Turetzky says:

    My heart breaks for this innocent prisoner. You have the power to set her free, to give her the life she deserves…please show this creature, and the world this, this act of true compassion. Peace…

  • Manca Feebezar says:

    Everybody needs to be close to other being, especially animals… If they are isolated it is animal neglect!!

  • Silvia says:

    Please give this elefant free. Every soul diserves to be free and enjoy a life which is suitable. No animal should suffer like this, never. Animals are beeings who are feeling pain and can suffer depression. It is not in their nature to stay in ZOOs and circus. No animal should suffer this cruelty. Wake up humanity, it is time! Let animals free!

  • etienne saint vregord says:

    Let the elephant Mali get away from the zoo and allow it to retire to live in peac

  • Eileen McGinley-Torres says:

    Please let this be.

  • Shannon Holsy says:

    Elephants need the company of other elephants in order to remain mentally healthy. No animal deserves the life Mali has been given. Set her free.

  • Carole Moore says:

    Are you human,,,do you believe in a higher being,,,who are you to imprison anything,,from another person to an animal to an insect,,,,who are you,,,you will one day die,,like all of us will,,,do something good,,and help the helpless creatures that live among us.

  • Ryn says:

    This is not right, it is so unfair – please give Mali the freedom she should have always had.

  • Philippa Kingsley says:

    Freedom to be Free is Freeing So it has to be for Maili

  • Philippa Kingsley says:

    Freedom to be Free is Freeing So it should be for Mali and all sentient beings

  • Sharon says:

    Please give this elephant his freedom.

  • Drebakms says:

    Everyone should be free. We put ourselves above all of the other beings on this Earth and this is just wrong.

  • Valerie Howe says:

    Please free Mali!!

  • Donna Henderson says:

    In the name of mercy and compassion, PLEASE FREE MALI

  • Majon Kostrzynski says:

    Please let this gorgeous animal out of prison after all this years.

  • Andrew Gould says:

    All animals deserve to NOT be exploited by human beings for any reason!!!!!

  • Helen Flynn says:

    Free this poor animal and let it at least have a few happy years!

  • Penelope Spencer says:

    Disgusted ashamed of such men indeed mankind for his own pocket will imprison neglect and torture such an animal mentally and emotionally if not physically oh yes and in the process do they realise they are half way to selling their own soul if not already walking that path. Turn your back on such evil Start showing a lot more even a little more compassion and respect that’s all all we ask for any animal.

  • Paddy McAlister says:

    There’s NEVER an excuse for abuse!

  • arlene says:

    Free her

  • Karolina says:

    Stop treating animals, like they are feelingless things. They feel and they hurt!

  • Lorraine says:

    Now I see how cruel zoos are to animals. They do have a right to be free. Please release her from her torturous life. Thank you

  • Yolee Aguilar says:


  • Brenda McMath says:

    Animals are not ours to own. Please use your powers to free Mali and other animals, like her, in captivity. Thanks to you.

  • Linda Rapp says:

    Elephants are a social animal, much like ourselves. What has she ever done to deserve solitary confinement in prison? I beg you to let her go to roam free with her kind!

  • Sharna Sullivan says:

    Please please let her go to greener pastures

  • Elizabeth Polome says:

    I urge you to heed Sir Paul McCartney’s request to release Mali to the Santuary in Thailand where she will not only be allowed to roam free, but in the company of other elephants for the first time in her life.

  • barb devine says:

    Save all elephants they are so intelligent. Capitivity and killing is just so sad.

  • Eileen guzik says:

    Please, please free Mali. It is a travesty and a crime that she has been kidnapped and treated do cruely for over three decades. To be sentenced to live all alone for 33 years and I’m sure also her care has been minimal-is a poor statement about your country and its people. If you were treated like this poor elephant I am sure you would have killed yourself long ago.

  • Gerard Villadelangel says:

    Freedom for Mali!

  • Julia says:

    Please let Mali go free so that she can spend her days with her kind in a lush sanctuary in Thailand.

  • Hope Casey Crucilla says:

    Please do what you know in your heart to be just, set Mali free.

  • Marie says:

    Please, let her go: give her this one chance to live the remainder of her life in peace and freedom.

  • Gina says:

    It is my belief that if we are to retain our humanity we can not let this type of cruelty to other species exist. What right do we have to keep anyone in this type of situation. Please free Mali and let her live her remaining years with other elephants. I hope when she gets to the sanctuary she is able to enjoy her life and put the past behind her.

  • KIM says:

    Begging for you to end Mali’s suffering. Let her free as God intended. Let her feel the joy to be with other elephants & feel there companionship. Please have the humanity to end her loneliness & suffering. You have the power & the love of God in you…demonstrate your leadership for Mali’s freedom!

  • drumhobo says:

    how much pressure needs to be put on you guys to you do the right thing if you look at the history of when the world starts putting pressure on you, every country, every animal abusers given in what are you waiting for

  • Rene Orr says:

    Her first reaction will be amazement and a little fear. But once she stand on the vastness of space she will show much happiness and gratitude. The friendship and understanding the other elephants show her will allow her to once again feel as an elephant should feel, a part of a family. She has so longed for this feeling. Being alone all this time has affected her in a way that we as humans feel as well when we are all alone. Please, give this special and precious animal her sense of freedom back. Do not let her die alone.

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  • Michael Gerhardt says:

    Please free Mali and help her to left the zoo there

  • rodrigo says:

    paul keep doing what u are doing, free Mali

  • Michelle Macy says:

    It’s time to FREE Mali the elephant!!

  • Alexandra Frey says:

    Please help mali and free her

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  • Julia says:

    Please let Mali go free so that she can spend her days with her kind in a lush sanctuary in Thailand.

  • Jackie says:

    Please free Mali!

  • Terri Barnett says:

    Do the right thing and move Mali to the sanctuary! Hasn’t she waited long enough? This is heartbreaking that she has had to endure this for all these years…

  • Kimberly M. says:

    Elephants are beautiful family-oriented animals that should never be forced to live alone. Thank you Paul McCartney for your celebrity influence! Please let us free Mali to be with her peers.

  • judith says:

    Please let her be with other elephants!