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People in Thailand ride elephants to mark National Elephant Day

People in Thailand ride elephants to mark National Elephant Day

Elephants were made to dance as people rode them in part of a display on Thailand's National Elephant Day.

Wildlife advocates have long denounced the brutal taming of elephants so they can perform tricks for tourists.

A dozen elephants also received large helpings of food to mark the day in Ayutthaya. 

A Buddhist monk blessed the elephants before they were served fruit and vegetables.