Wild boar

beasts in the wild

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 January, 2010, 12:00am


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Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 What kind of people are members of the Sai Kung Wild Pig Club?

a. army commandos

b. policemen

c. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officers

d. volunteers from the public

2 When does the team hunt boars?

a. when police are too busy to catch them

b. when the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department contacts them

c. when villagers report the sighting of boars

d. when villagers need help to set the traps

3 According to the club members, why do they hunt boars?

i) they receive handsome pay for the job

ii) they want to help villagers who are forbidden to attack boars

iii) they are interested in guns and hunting

a. i)

b. i) and ii)

c. ii) and iii)

d. all of the above

4 According to Chan Kang, why does the club continue the hunt even though some villagers regret wild pigs are being killed?

a. there are several reports of villagers being badly injured by wild pigs

b. wild pigs may go to urban areas and disrupt traffic

c. the boars may be infected with swine flu

d. shooting causes boars less pain than setting traps or electric fences

Think about

1 Do people have the right to kill wild animals?

2 Is it necessary to kill wild pigs when they cause problems to villagers?

3 Wild animals can be a hazard to humans. Is it justifiable to kill them when the danger they cause reaches certain levels? Think about noise pollution, damage to crops and property, and physical attacks, including fatalities.

4 What is the problem with using traps or electric fences to catch wild pigs?

5 Apart from shooting, what other methods can be used to stop them?

Follow-up activities

1 Research the characteristics and behaviour of boars online.

2 Search for news about hunting worldwide and study its possible impact on the environment.