Sopa de barbatana de tubarão, a iguaria que causa indignação

Atualizado em  11 de janeiro, 2013 - 08:56 (Brasília) 10:56 GMT

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Thousands of shark fins drying on a Hong Kong rooftop.

It's thought they were stored away from the gaze of tourists and conservationists who find the trade hard to stomach.

They say the practice of removing the fin and tossing the shark back into the sea is barbaric.

But shark's fin soup is considered a delicacy by many Chinese diners, who also claim it has medicinal qualities.


Transcrição em português

Milhares de barbatanas de tubarão secam sob o sol num terraço de Hong Kong.

Acredita-se que elas foram armazenadas longe dos olhares de turistas e ambientalistas que acham a cena difícil de digerir.

Eles dizem que a prática de remover as barbatanas do tubarão e atirá-lo de volta ao mar é um ato bárbaro.

Mas, a sopa de barbatana de tubarão é considerada uma iguaria fina por muitos chineses, que também acreditam em suas qualidades medicinais.


Vocabulary

hard to stomach - hard to accept – of something that is unpleasant or wrong

barbaric - extremely cruel and unpleasant

delicacy - something rare or expensive that is good to eat

medicinal qualities - properties which are good for your health

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

shark's fins / hard to stomach / barbaric / delicacy / medicinal qualities

1.
At first the company found it _________ some of the more hostile messages from passengers.

2.
Animal rights campaigners have long attacked the practice as ___________, and it is banned in Vietnam.

3.
Although the EU banned removing ________ at sea and discarding the body, special permits allowed finning to continue legally.

4.
Since about 4000 BC, the ancient Hindi medical theory of Ayurveda outlined honey's __________ in treating burns, allergies and infections.

5.
Hairy crabs are the great autumn ________ of eastern China, and an obsession for those who can afford to eat them.


Answers

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

shark's fins / hard to stomach / barbaric / delicacy / medicinal qualities

1.
At first the company found it _________ some of the more hostile messages from passengers.

2.
Animal rights campaigners have long attacked the practice as ___________, and it is banned in Vietnam.

3.
Although the EU banned removing ________ at sea and discarding the body, special permits allowed finning to continue legally.

4.
Since about 4000 BC, the ancient Hindi medical theory of Ayurveda outlined honey's __________ in treating burns, allergies and infections.

5.
Hairy crabs are the great autumn ________ of eastern China, and an obsession for those who can afford to eat them.

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