Models strip for 'Mali' the elephant

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.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III already released a directive to review Mali's condition, following calls from high-profile personalities such as French film legend Brigitte Bardot, ethologist and wildlife conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, and Nobel Prize–winning author J.M. Coetzee.

See photos here:

Supermodels pose naked in support to PETA's campaign to free the Manila zoo elephant "Mali". The models from L-R are Sanya Smith, Amanda Griffin, Sheena Vera Cruz, Ornusa Cadness, Bianca Valerio, ... more 
Supermodels pose naked in support to PETA's campaign to free the Manila zoo elephant "Mali". The models from L-R are Sanya Smith, Amanda Griffin, Sheena Vera Cruz, Ornusa Cadness, Bianca Valerio, Julia Sniegowski, Daiana Menezes, Mia Ayesa and Geneva Cruz. Held at DPI XL Studio in Makati, southeast of Manila on 05 February 2013. (George Calvelo/NPPA Images) less 
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