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【BBC媒体英语】澳大利亚为宰杀野猫辩解 Australia 本站原创 更新时间: 2019-11-29         

澳大利亚相关部门为其宰杀野猫的决定做出辩解说野猫威胁到当地物种的存活。英国歌手莫里西(Morrissey)和法国影星碧姬·芭铎 (Brigitte Bardot) 指责此宰杀行为。以下是Jon Donnison 的报道。

The proposed cullwill involve the killing of two million feral cats that the Australian government says are decimating many threatened species which the cats prey on.

拟议中的淘汰将涉及杀死200万只野猫,澳大利亚政府说这正在消灭许多猫所捕食的受威胁物种。

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Earlier this year Brigitte Bardot, a prominent animal rights campaigner, described the cull as 'animal genocide'. Morrissey has called the cull' idiocy', adding that wild cats are smaller versions of Cecil, the Lion, which was killed amid much publicity and outrage by an American hunter in Zimbabwe earlier this year.

今年早些时候,著名的动物权利运动家布里吉特·巴多特(Brigitte Bardot)将这只乌鸦形容为“动物灭绝种族”。 莫里西称这只乌鸦为“白痴”,并补充说,野猫是塞西尔狮子的较小版本,狮子因今年年初在津巴布韦的一位美国猎人的广泛宣传和暴行而被杀死。

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Now Australia's Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews has written to both – Bardot and Morrissey – explaining the policy. He says feral cats are an invasive species, not native to Australia, and that they've already led to the extinctionof at least 27 Australian mammals, including the desert bandicoot and long-eared hopping mouse.

现在,澳大利亚受威胁物种专员格雷戈里·安德鲁斯已写信给巴多特和莫里西—解释了该政策。 他说,野猫是一种入侵物种,不是澳大利亚本土的,它们已经导致至少27种澳大利亚哺乳动物灭绝,其中包括沙漠上的土匪和长耳跳鼠。


词汇表


cull  (为减少数量)宰杀
feral  野生的
decimating  大量杀死
prey on  捕食
animal rights campaigner  保护动物权利人士
(animal) genocide  (动物)灭杀,大屠杀
outrage  义愤
policy  政策,行动
extinction  灭绝

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测验


请听报道并回答下列问题。

1. Are all kinds of cats affected by the policy?

2. Who's compared cats to a lion?

3. True or false? Commissioner Gregory Andrews has written to Bardot and Morrissey explaining that the cats killed other animals in the country.

4. Are feral cats originally from Australia?


答案


1. Are all kinds of cats affected by the policy?
No. Only feral cats are affected.

2. Who's compared cats to a lion?
British musician Morrissey compared the killing of Australian feral cats to that of Cecil, the Lion in Zimbabwe by an American hunter.


3. True or false? Commissioner Gregory Andrews has written to Bardot and Morrissey explaining that the cats killed other animals in the country.

True. Australia's Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews says feral cats are an invasive species, not native to Australia.

4. Are feral cats originally from Australia?
No. The cats are not native to Australia.


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