《中英對照讀新聞》Kenya torches world’s biggest ivory bonfire to save elephants 為了大象護育,肯亞焚毀世界最大象牙火堆


2016-05-02 06:00

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Eleven giant pyres of tusks were set alight Saturday as Kenya torched its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants.

週六,肯亞堆起11座巨大象牙爐堆,舉火焚之,向全世界表達肯亞阻止獵捕大象的決心。

Huge white clouds of smoke spiralled into the sky as the flames took hold, fuelled by thousands of litres of diesel and kerosene injected through steel pipes.

鋼製油管注入幾千公升煤油、汽油助燃下,火勢一起,巨大白煙捲入天際。

Lighting the fire in Nairobi’s national park, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end the "murderous" trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.

肯亞總統甘耶達於奈洛比國家公園舉火,要求全面禁止象牙交易,終止「殘忍」販運,保護野生大象免於滅絕。

"The height of the pile of ivory before us marks the strength of our resolve," Kenyatta said, before thrusting a burning torch onto the ivory.

火把點上象牙前,甘耶達表示,「面前象牙堆的高度,表示我們決心堅強。」

The bonfires are the largest-ever torching of ivory, containing 105 tonnes from thousands of dead elephants, seven times bigger than any stockpile burned before.

這些火堆是史上最大規模的象牙焚毀,重達105噸,數以千計的大象因此喪生,是過往紀錄的7倍。

新聞辭典

tusk:名詞,動物的長牙,如象牙。例句:In August 2011, Tanzanian authorities seized more than 1,000 elephant tusks hidden in sacks of dried fish at Zanzibar port, a consignment destined for Malaysia.(坦尚尼亞當局2011年8月查獲逾1000支象牙被藏在桑吉巴港的乾魚漁獲中,這批托運乾魚的目的地是馬來西亞。)

inject:動詞,注射。例句:A new patent reveals Google is developing a way to inject smart devices directly into the eyeball.(新專利顯示Google正研發一種可將智慧裝置直接植入眼球的方式。)

thrust:動詞,穿刺、推入。例句:Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. - William Shakespeare(不要害怕偉大。有人生來偉大,有人成就偉大,有人則是不得不偉大。——莎士比亞)