Many rich Sri Lankans - including Buddhist monks - keep elephants as pets to show off their wealth, but complaints of ill-treatment and cruelty are widespread.
The new measures are aimed at protecting the animals' welfare and include strict regulations around working elephants, as well as mandating a daily two-and-a-half-hour bath for each creature.
Official records show there are about 200 domesticated elephants in the South Asian nation, with the population in the wild estimated at about 7,500.
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