|Don't Eat That Fish|
|http://www.sina.com.cn 2005/06/27 15:32 《Speak 2 Me》|
Don't Eat That Fish
New findings suggest that fish might be too smart to be eaten.
Dr. Sylvia Earle wants you to stop eating fish. It’s not because fish are endangered1, though wild fish stocks2 in many oceans are very low. It’s not because they’re bad for you, though fish in many areas are exposed to poisonous substances3 in the water. It’s because they’re smart.
“Fish are sensitive4, they have personalities5,” says the marine biologist. For Earle, eating a fish would be like eating a dog or a cat. “I would never eat anyone I know personally6.”
There’s a lot more to fish than meets the eye: they talk to each other, they like to be touched, and they engage in7 behavior8 that can seem very human. They can remember things and learn from experience. Earle and a growing number of animal rights activists9 see these as strong arguments against eating fish altogether.
The activists also point out that fish feel pain and fish suffer horribly on their way from the sea to the supermarket. “While it may seem obvious10 that fish are able to feel pain, like every other animal, some people think of fish as swimming vegetables,” says Dr. Lynne Sneddon. “Really, it’s kind of a moral question. Is the enjoyment you get from fishing (or eating fish) more important than the pain of the fish?”
Fishermen and (fried) fish lovers are skeptical11. “I’ve never seen a smart fish,” says Marie Swaringen as she finishes off a plate of fish at a Seattle seafood restaurant. “If they were very smart, they wouldn’t get caught.”
“For years, everyone’s been telling us to eat fish because it’s so good for us,” says another diner. “Now I’ve got to feel guilty12 while I’m eating my fish? What are they going to think of next? Don’t eat salad because cucumbers have feelings?”
exposed to 接触…；暴露于…中
Europeans are often exposed to several different languages while growing up.
more to s/th than meets the eye …不像看起来那么简单
There’s more to bowling than meets the eye – it’s actually very difficult to do well.
1.endangered [In`denPXd] adj. 濒临灭绝的
The snow leopard is endangered and may die out within a generation.
2.stock [stZk] n. 储存；库存
The factory’s stocks of raw materials are running low, so we should order more.
3.substance [`sObstKns] n. 物质
The police found a white, powdery substance under the suspect’s fingernails.
4.sensitive [`sAnsKtIv] adj. 敏感的；容易受伤的
Don’t be so sensitive! They were only joking with you.
5.personality [ˊpSsKn`GlKtI] n. 性格
Despite being twin brothers, Tom and Bill have completely different personalities.
6.personally [`pSsYTI] adv. 个人地；亲自地
This package is very important, so please deliver it personally.
7.engage in v. chk. 参与；从事
Before the merger, both companies engaged in long negotiations to ensure the best deal.
8.behavior [bI`hevjX] n. 行为
The children were on their best behavior while their grandparents were visiting.
9.activist [`GktKvIst] n. 积极分子
Colleen works as a worker’s rights activist and petitions companies for better working conditions.
10.obvious [`ZbvIKs] adj. 明显的
The answer is obvious to all of us – I’m surprised you still don’t understand it.
11.skeptical [`skAptIkT] adj. 怀疑的
I was skeptical about the results but later tests confirmed them to be accurate.
12.guilty [`gIltI] adj. 有罪的
The court found the man guilty of murder and sentenced him to life in prison.
1.What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? Why did you eat it and would you eat it again?
2.What is your favorite food?
3.What do you think about animal rights? Should they have the same rights as people?
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