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Thailand faces an alarming increase in wild elephant attacks, resulting in at least 150 deaths and over 133 injuries since 2018, according to a report by the country's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Many victims have been tourists in southern Thailand.

The Humane Society attributes these attacks to tourists provoking the elephants.

The report reveals these massive animals have been venturing into populated areas, causing havoc on roads and even entering homes, making Thailand a global hotspot for elephant-related incidents.

In a notable event, a herd of 50 elephants crossing a highway in Chachoengsao halted traffic.

However, the situation escalated when a seven-ton bull elephant named Duea sat in a motorist's car in Khao Yai National Park.

Further, regions like Nakhon Ratchasima, Phang Nga, and Hua Hin are witnessing a surge in human-elephant conflicts. As these incidents become more frequent, locals resort to deterrent measures like deploying ping-pong "bombs".

The Humane Society International postulates a correlation between the increased attacks and captive elephants. A significant number of elephants in Thailand are held in captivity, employed in tourism and logging industries, and kept in zoos and performance venues.

Sadly, only a small proportion of these majestic animals are free in their natural habitats. Those in captivity endure restrictive conditions, forced to perform tasks for tourists. Activist groups such as PETA have consistently criticized elephant rides, arguing that elephants in captivity are displaced from their natural habitats and exploited.
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