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In this lesson you will learn how to talk about endangered animals.
Jack: Amelie, is the tiger skin in your house real?
Amelie: Yeah, that’s real. My granny says it’s the skin of a Siberian tiger.
Jack: Oh! The Siberian tigers are the largest living felids! Unfortunately there are only a few hundred alive now.
Amelie: I know. My great-grandfather was a hunter and he hunted it. I really wish he hadn’t.
Jack: Well, it’s not your fault. I’m sure you don’t like to hurt animals.
Amelie: No Jack, I don’t. I love animals. I’m an animal rights activist in fact.
Jack: Why do you still keep that skin in your house?
Amelie : I can’t help it. My parents think it’s a souvenir from their ancestor.
Amelie: I’ve never seen a real rhino. They look like dinosaurs, right?
Jack: No Amelie! Rhinos are mammals, dinosaurs were reptiles. Rhinos look like Rhinos.
Amelie: Oh, I am sorry. I haven’t seen a dinosaur either.
Jack: That’s because dinosaurs are extinct.
Amelie: But we still have Rhinos around, don’t we?
Jack: Yes, but very few. If it continues like that, they will become extinct too.
Amelie: What’s happening to them?
Jack: People are cutting down the jungles, and hunting them for their horns. It’s a shame.
Amelie : (sigh) It’s terrible. When will human beings learn to be human?
Nina: The blue whale is the largest creature on Earth.
Vincent: A blue whale is an incredibly large mammal! Its tongue is as heavy as an elephant!
Nina: Wow! My granny used to say that we could even live inside its stomach.
Vincent: Not really, Nina. That happens only in tales.
Nina: Maybe. Well, I’ve heard that blue whales are dying.
Vincent : Actually they are being murdered.
Nina : Murdered? By whom?
Vincent : By greedy and cruel people who hunt them for their meat.
Nina : That’s awful.
Nina: I’ve been thinking, Amelie.
Amelie : About what Nina?
Nina : How can I help stop animal cruelty?
Amelie : Well, we are not the government, but there are some things we can do to make a difference.
Nina : Like?
Amelie : I don’t wear leather jackets or shoes. Nor do I wear fur. I use synthetic alternatives.
Nina : That’s a great idea! I will do that too. Is there anything else?
Amelie : Well, I talk to my friends and the people I know about these issues. Just helping to spread the awareness.
Nina : I know. You made me aware of the way we treat animals.
Amelie : If you can minimize your own impact on the lives of the animals, and also ask your friends to do it, you’ll be making a great difference, Nina.
Nina : Thanks, Amelie. I will remember that.