There are over 3000 festivities in Kerala between December and May, most of them displaying ornate elephants. These events culminate into the Trissur Pooram festival.
Only male elephants are used in the festivals, and this tradition has contributed to the dramatically skewed sex ratio of wild elephants.
There are 50,000 Asian elephants in the wild, and India is home to 30,000 of them. Over the last three years, more than 150 captive elephants have died due to torture and neglect.