"It is ironic we do worship the elephant god, we believe in elephants, elephants are revered, but yet they get abused sadly because of that," Kartick Satyanarayan, the group's co-founder, told ABC.
But now these elephants will slowly be phased out. While the fate of elephants currently in Delhi is unclear, hopefully they will be retired to a sanctuary like Wildlife SOS's, where they can spend the rest of their days in comfort. Some of India's working elephants are already enjoying their new lives at the sanctuary. Raju, a male elephant who appeared to "weep" during his rescue from the streets, is making his home there already.