"I am writing to add my voice to the many others who are supporting the transfer of Mali, the lonely elephant currently being held at the Manila Zoo, to a sanctuary in Thailand as soon as possible. I respectfully urge you to use your good offices to expedite the transfer as, with every single day that she remains in the zoo, Mali suffers," the music icon said.
McCartney lamented the reports that Mali's health is deteriorating in the Manila Zoo.
He described a video footage of Mali as "heartbreaking" while pointing out the elephant's "debilitating foot problems and the unimaginable loneliness of a herd animal kept alone."
"Action must be taken for this ailing elephant, and you hold the key," McCartney told Aquino in the letter. "With the stroke of a pen, you can bring an end to her suffering, and I urge you, with all my heart, to direct that Mali be given that joy now.
Earlier this year, Baywatch beauty and PETA member Pamela Anderson, also reportedly sent a letter to Aquino, asking him to have dinner with her to discuss Mali's transfer to the Thailand sanctuary.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, who had said that Aquino turned down Anderson's invitation, claimed on Wednesday that citizens sending letters to the Chief Executive is "not a big thing."
"It's a normal process where a lot of people, citizens, would write letters to government. And this is not a special issue," he said.
By Louis Bacani