25th May 2014, Yamuna River, New Delhi, India. An elephant handler folds his clothes on a small island in the Yamuna river in New Delhi, India on the 25th May 2014
Elephant owners (Mahouts) eke out a living in makeshift camps on the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi. They survive by giving rides to passers by and hiring the animals out for religious festivals, events and weddings, they also are involved in the illegal trade of captive elephants. The living conditions and treatment of elephants kept in cities in North India is extremely harsh, the handlers use the banned 'ankush' or bullhook to control the animals through daily beatings, the animals have no proper shelters are forced to walk on burning hot tarmac and stand for hours with their feet chained together.
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