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dateline: 01 April 2014

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Tigers Slaughtered For Entertainment Purposes

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • raid: a sudden, unexpected entrance
  • slaughter: a gruesome killing
  • elite: wealthy and powerful
  • anaesthetize: to administer a substance that causes a human or animal to lose consciousness and/or feeling
  • dramatically: in a very noticeable way

Tigers Slaughtered For Entertainment Purposes

A police raid in southern China this month uncovered a tiger slaughtering and the remains of at least 10 tigers who were killed for entertainment purposes. A who was allegedly involved in the tiger slaughtering, jumped to his death to avoid arrest. Video evidence has confirmed that the tigers were killed for what “visual feasts” for the region’s elite. After a tiger is electrocuted or killed, bones and meat are given to business people and officials as gifts. Authorities believe the tigers are purchased in Vietnam where they are anaesthetized before being for travel. The tiger population has dramatically declined in the last 100 years. Today, tigers are officially classified as a “threatened” species.

  1. What was discovered in southern China?
  2. Who observes these “visual feasts”?
  3. What has happened to tiger populations in the last century?

Discussion Question: At least 16 people have been arrested in relation to these tiger slaughters in China. Do you think that the wealthy people who observed the “visual feasts” should be punished as well as those who organized the events?

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Written and recorded 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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