In the video, animal handlers are seen hitting the elephants and jabbing blades into their skin as they ride on their backs.
Many of them use bullhooks – a long metal rod with a hook at one end – to stab the animals.
The handlers stab them on their heads and behind their ears to make them submissive and participate in rides and games of polo or football.
one had a weeping eye – suggesting it was infected.
Some onlookers also filmed the abuse as it happened in full view of the public.
PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker said: ‘Deeply sensitive and intelligent elephants are being used as punching bags at this despicably cruel eve