Animal Key Chains Sold in China

May 4, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. survive (v.) [ser-vahyv] – to continue living usually despite a difficult situation
Example: The hiker survived the heat of the sun because of his training.

2. delicacy (n.) [del-i-kuh-see] – a special kind of food which is not very common or cannot be easily found and is usually expensive
Example: Bird’s Nest which can only be harvested in mountains is used in cooking a Chinese delicacy.
3. suffocation (n.) [suhf-uh-key-shuhn] – the lack of air or oxygen which can cause difficulty in breathing or death
Example: Paint factories should let the air in to keep workers from suffocation.

4. premature (adj.) [pree-muh-choor] – too early; happening before the maturity or right age 
ExamplePremature babies are born during the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy.

Read the text below.

Live baby turtles, fishes and lizards sealed in plastic bags are being sold on the streets of China as cellphone accessories and key chains for $1.50 per piece.

The animals are kept inside plastic bags that are filled with colored water and solidified oxygen and nutrients. The animals are said to survive for days until the oxygen runs out.

One of the said animals is the young Chinese soft-shell turtles which are also used in cooking a popular Chinese delicacy.

Animal rights groups reacted negatively to this cruel act saying that suffocation could cause the premature death of these animals.

Furthermore, they likewise mentioned that some animals, like turtles, carry bacteria which can cause harm to people who keep them as pets.

The groups blame the lack of animal protection laws in China. Without these laws, cruel acts such as this continue.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What laws on animal protection are being implemented in your country?
·         If you were to come up with a law protecting animals, what law would that be?

Discussion B

·         Who should be blamed for illegal selling of animals: the sellers or the buyers?
·         Are there animals in your country that are being sold illegally?

May 4, 2011