Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes Join Campaign to Free Mali

Kapuso power couple Marian Rivera and Dindong Dantes team up with PETA and pose "mug shots" to push for lonely, ailing elephant's transfer to a sanctuary.


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia’s campaign to transfer Mali, a solitary elephant constantly suffering in pain from potentially fatal foot ailments and held captive in a barren enclosure at the Manila Zoo, to a lush sanctuary has enlisted support from some of the biggest names in entertainment in the Philippines as well as other celebrities and notables around the world. Now—thanks to the support of actors Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, who was named the third-sexiest man in the world by E! News—the call for Mali’s freedom is reaching a fever pitch. Rivera and Dantes join a fast-growing number of Philippine celebrities who have posed for “mug shots” holding cards that bear their name followed by the words “Wants Mali Freed.” Rivera’s and Dantes’ just-released photos are attached. They join other stars, including Kim Chiu, Ely Buendia, and Gerald Anderson, who have also posed in mug shots for Mali.


“Being alone is emotional torture to elephants,” Dantes says in his public service announcement for PETA, which can be viewed here.

“Mali has been sentenced to a miserable life of solitary confinement with absolutely nothing to do day after day, year after year,” says PETA Asia Campaign Manager Rochelle Regodon. “How long will the deafening call for her freedom—coming from scientists, politicians, religious leaders, and celebrities—be ignored by her cruel captors at the Manila Zoo?”

The most recent expert to speak out in support of Mali’s transfer is Blair Csuti, Ph.D., senior editor of the book The Elephant’s Foot: Prevention and Care of Foot Conditions in Captive Asian and African Elephants. Of Mali’s current environment, Csuti says that “these conditions are clearly sub-optimal for elephants and can lead to serious infections, particularly of the foot bones and connective tissue, a leading cause of mortality in captive elephants.” He’s just one of many elephant experts who have spoken out in support of Mali.

Mali’s veterinary care has been essentially ignored for more than 36 years, causing her to endure constant pain. Elephants are highly social animals who live naturally in herds and suffer greatly in the absence of other elephants. Mali is all alone—making her transfer even more urgent.

For more information, please visit PETA Asia’s website

9 Comments on Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes Join Campaign to Free Mali

  1. Anonymous // March 22, 2015 at 6:09 am //

    joyjoymanglalan person

  2. // June 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm //


  3. At least there are few people in the Philippines who care about Animals… God bless to all good people around the world…

  4. llehcar norual // July 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm //

    i love you dongyatics

  5. maganda na sana si marian,panira lang ang pesteng ilong niya na kasya na ang hinlalaki.


  7. keribels // July 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm //

    Haha pag flop ang movie sinasabi lang “affected ka?” Haha. O nasa box office mojo na yung kinita ng four sisters and a wedding. Diba sabi nio credible yun? O kumita ang four sisters. Padding pa din ang panlaban? Haha. Pare pareho lang ang panlaban ng mga kapuso. Padding, lubog sa utang, puro mga beki daw artista haha. Kawawang mga kapuso bulag bulagan talaga

  8. Rude people with pathetic minds… Their comments are not relevant to the mentioned topic…Being lovable to animals and environmental awareness should bear in your minds^^^

  9. What a STUPID assssh.. . . .le who commented above! The topic is so emotional about saving an animal and he comes up with nonsense note!

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