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BBC媒体英语 Anti-whaling activists 澳大利亚反捕鲸团体公布日本捕鲸视频

更新时间:2014/1/11 13:41:17 来源:本站原创 作者:佚名

澳大利亚反捕鲸组织人士说他们跟随的日本捕鲸船队日前在南冰洋进行捕鲸活动,已经有至少4条鲸鱼被宰杀。他们还说这些鲸鱼是在“鲸鱼避难所”区域内被宰杀的。

The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says its boats are following five Japanese ships. The group released video footage apparently showing three dead whales on board, as well as a heavily bloodied deck where another whale appears to have been butchered.

Sea Shepherd says the whales were killed within the internationally designated Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. There is a worldwide ban on the commercial fishing of whales but the Japanese maintain their whaling is for scientific research, which falls outside the ban.

Last year Australia took Japan to the International Court of Justice in an attempt to force it to cease whaling. A decision on the case is expected later this year. But environmentalists here have criticised the Australian government for not doing enough to stop the Japanese.

Quiz 听力测验

According to the report, which country does the whaling ships belong to?
Japan.

Which ocean do activists claim the whales were killed in?
The Southern Ocean.

True or false? There is a worldwide ban on killing whales for scientific research.
False. There is a worldwide ban on the commercial fishing of whales but the Japanese say whaling for scientific research is outside the ban.

How did Australia try to stop Japanese whaling?
It took Japan to the International Court of Justice to try to force it to cease whaling.

Glossary 词汇表

footage 视频片段
bloodied 血淋淋的,血迹斑斑的
butchered 被无情屠杀
designated 特定的,指定的
sanctuary 避难所
to cease 停止,终止
environmentalists 环保人士

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