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dateline: 23 October 2012

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Ivory Seizure Worth Millions

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • seizure: the retrieval of illegal goods or property
  • confiscate: to take something away from someone (authority takes possession)
  • tusks: long, pointy external teeth on an animal
  • ornament: something that is used for decoration
  • smuggle: to hide something while in transit
  • poaching: the illegal hunting of animals

Ivory Seizure Worth Millions

Officials in Hong Kong confiscated two large containers of illegal ivory worth approximately 3.5 million dollars. The ivory tusks and ornaments were smuggled in bags of scrap plastic and , and shipped from Kenya and Tanzania. This ivory seizure is one of the largest in Hong Kong . International trade of ivory has been banned since , however, elephant poaching is still on the rise in due to an increasing demand for illegal ivory in the Asian market. Seven people have been arrested.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who found the illegal ivory?
  2. Why does the report mention beans?
  3. Where is there a strong demand for illegal ivory?

Discussion Question: When a seizure such as this takes place, the damage is already done. What should be done with all of the confiscated ivory?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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