Ely Buendia joins calls for Mali's transfer

Ely Buendia poses for the "Transfer Mali" campaign. Photo courtesy of PETA.

Seen holding a prison-like name card, Eraserheads lead vocalist Ely Buendia is the latest heavyweight to call for Mali's return to a natural habitat in Thailand.

Perhaps inspired by the support of one of his music influences legendary British singer Morrissey to Mali, the country's iconic musician recently joined calls for Mali's freedom from what PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) calls a "prison cell" where she's been in detention for 36 years.

Just last week, Hollywood bombshell Pamela Anderson asked President Benigno Aquino III out to dinner in Los Angeles, California to discuss the transfer of the aging elephant to its South East Asian neighbor. However, the 53-year-old bachelor president turned down the former Playboy model's invitation and instead referred her to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alacala who shall make the decision.

Early this year, several female models and local celebrities including Geneva Cruz, Daiana Menezes, Bianca Valerio, Amanda Griffin Jacob, Sheena Vera Cruz, Mia Ayesa, Julia Sniegowski, Ornusa Cadness, Isabella Gonzalez, and Sanya Smith have worn nothing more than placards for a PETA advertisement that called for Mali's transfer.

Other personalities who voiced out their concerns for Mali's welfare are French film legend Brigitte Bardot, Nobel Prize–winning author J.M. Coetzee, and Yusuf Islam, a British-born folk singer formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Manila Zoo has earlier insisted that Mali is well taken care of and that it wanted to keep the elephant.