Pamela Anderson eyes dinner with PNoy, but only if elephant Mali will be discussed

President Benigno Aquino III's next high profile date may be a Hollywood bombshell, provided the conversation would be about Mali, Manila Zoo's lone elephant. Pamela Anderson, a former Playboy model and actress known for her role in the 90s TV show Baywatch, has invited Aquino to dinner reportedly to discuss the state of the controversial 38-year-old elephant. According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has been pushing for Mali's transfer to an elephant sanctuary, Anderson wrote Aquino an “urgent” letter asking him to expedite Mali's transfer. Anderson ended the note with a dinner invitation, PETA said in a statement Thursday. “[S]hould you find yourself in Los Angeles, I'd love to take you to dinner and talk more about how we can help Mali,” the PETA statement quoted Anderson's letter as saying. Anderson also appealed to Aquino, the country's first bachelor president, to personally oversee the transfer of Mali, which PETA said was suffering from intense loneliness brought on by her solitary life in a small enclosure. She also praised Aquino for his integrity, saying she believes he will help Mali (full name: Vishwa Maali). "Thank you for taking a strong, serious stance on her behalf by issuing a directive to consider moving her to a sanctuary. In a world filled with political self-interest, your character and integrity are inspiring," Anderson said. PETA had earlier recommended that Mali be transferred to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, where it can be given proper care and rehabilitation, and where it can be in the company of other elephants. Manila Zoo authorities are opposed to the transfer, saying Mali is unlikely to survive the trip because of its age. Malacañang, meanwhile, said the Department of Agriculture will be the one to determine where Mali will be sent. “The Executive Secretary has tasked the Department of Agriculture to determine the appropriate location for Mali after the President received several appeals for Mali’s relocation,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. Other popoular figures who have called for Mali's transfer include French film legend Brigitte Bardot, music sensation Morrissey, Nobel Prize–winning author J.M. Coetzee, and Yusuf Islam, a British-born folk singer formerly known as Cat Stevens. — Patricia Denise Chiu/KBK, GMA News

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