The Reading / Listening - Wildlife Trade - Level 2

Experts think the trade in wildlife could be greatly cut because of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus probably started at a market selling wild animals. It came from either a bat or an animal called a pangolin and crossed over to humans. The conservation group Humane Society International said eating wild animals, "which can carry diseases that can cross the species barrier poses a real threat to human health." Other conservationists called for a ban in the wildlife trade. They said: "Not only will this help to prevent the spread of disease, it will [help to stop] species extinction."



The Zoological Society of London said animal markets could be "time bombs". It said they have perfect conditions for new viruses to start. It added that if we continued to buy and sell animals, we would be in trouble again. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals. Recent examples are SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from animals lead to millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. An expert said the world must act soon, because, "realistically, it's just a matter of time before the next [animal] disease risk emerges".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wildlife Trade - Level 0 Wildlife Trade - Level 1   or  Wildlife Trade - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52125309
  • https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/04/the-new-coronavirus-may-be-what-ends-the-global-wildlife-trade/
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/illegal-wildlife-trade-online-china-shuts-markets-200324040543868.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the trade in wildlife could
  2. because of the coronavirus
  3. The virus probably started
  4. an animal called
  5. crossed over to
  6. conservation
  7. cross the species
  8. a ban in the
  1. wildlife trade
  2. at a market
  3. group
  4. humans
  5. be greatly cut
  6. barrier
  7. pandemic
  8. a pangolin

Paragraph 2

  1. animal markets could be
  2. they have perfect
  3. if we
  4. buy and
  5. we would be in
  6. infectious
  7. millions of illnesses
  8. it's just a matter
  1. diseases
  2. continued
  3. trouble again
  4. and deaths
  5. "time bombs"
  6. sell animals
  7. of time
  8. conditions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Experts think (1) ___________________ wildlife could be greatly cut because of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus (2) ___________________ a market selling wild animals. It came from (3) ___________________ or an animal called a pangolin and crossed over to humans. The conservation group Humane Society International said (4) ___________________, "which can carry diseases that can cross the species barrier poses a real threat to human health." Other conservationists called (5) ___________________ in the wildlife trade. They said: "Not only will this help to prevent the (6) ___________________, it will [help to stop] species extinction."

The Zoological Society of London said animal markets could (7) ___________________. It said they have perfect conditions for new viruses to start. It added that if we (8) ___________________ and sell animals, we would be in trouble again. About 75 per cent of new infectious (9) ___________________ animals. Recent examples are SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from (10) ___________________ millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. An expert said the world (11) ___________________, because, "realistically, it's just a (12) ___________________ before the next [animal] disease risk emerges".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Expertsthinkthetradeinwildlifecouldbegreatlycutbecauseofthecoron
aviruspandemic.Thevirusprobablystartedatamarketsellingwildanim
als.Itcamefromeitherabatorananimalcalledapangolinandcrossedov
ertohumans.TheconservationgroupHumaneSocietyInternationalsai
deatingwildanimals,"whichcancarrydiseasesthatcancrossthespecie
sbarrierposesarealthreattohumanhealth."Otherconservationistscall
edforabaninthewildlifetrade.Itsaid:"Notonlywillthishelptopreventth
espreadofdisease,itwill[helptostop]speciesextinction."TheZoologic
alSocietyofLondonsaidanimalmarketscouldbe"timebombs".Theysai
dtheyhaveperfectconditionsfornewvirusestostart.Itaddedthatifwec
ontinuedtobuyandsellanimals,wewouldbeintroubleagain.About75p
ercentofnewinfectiousdiseasescomefromanimals.Recentexamplesa
reSARS,MERSandEbola.Infectionsfromanimalsleadtomillionsofillne
ssesanddeathsworldwideeveryyear.Anexpertsaidtheworldmustacts
oon,because,"realistically,it'sjustamatteroftimebeforethenext[ani
mal]diseaseriskemerges".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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