I don’t do zoos. If I want to see beasts behind bars who deserve it I’ll visit a prison, so I’m not writing this on first hand experience, but based on all the stories online of how fucked up Manila Zoo is.
Probably my top hatred about many pinoys is their cruelty towards animals. It seems to be second nature to treat pets in the most barbaric and neglectful ways, so it came as no real surprise to read all the negative reviews on Manila Zoo on Tripadvisor.
Trash everywhere, animals malnourished and mistreated, the smell of shit and piss. All typical Filipino standards.
Taken from Tripadvisor user reviews, looks more like a torture farm than a tourist attraction:
There are reports of visitors throwing their trash into enclosures and animals eating the plastic. Animals killing and eating their infants (putting them out of their misery rather than growing up in the land of fails?)
The only elephant at the zoo, Mali, was taken as a baby from Sri Lanka in the seventies and has spent almost forty years in solitary confinement.
From Change.org, with over 180,000 signatures, a petition to transfer Mali to somewhere she will receive proper care:
Captivity has taken its toll on Mali. The hard concrete she stands on has left her with foot problems. An independent veterinarian from the U.S. (there are no veterinarians with expertise in caring for elephants in the Philippines) has determined that Mali is in constant pain, but the zoo is not providing any treatment for her ailments. They have admitted they don’t know how to properly care for an elephant. The most common cause of premature death among captive elephants is arthritis and foot infections.
Incompetent idiots. There are elephant sanctuaries in nearby countries which could give Mali a better standard of life, but:
Despite the fact that PETA has offered to cover the entire cost of the transfer, authorities are stalling PETA’s efforts to facilitate Mali’s move to a sanctuary.
If I were writing this in regards to any other country I’d probably sign off with a plea to sign the petition, write to a politician or other measures to help, but this is the nation of blank stares, heads in the sand, it’s worse in other countries culture. The very people who could put a stop to this are probably the same ones who keep a dog chained up 24/7 and go to the cockfighting on a sunday after church.