Sheep under the Eiffel Tower – level 3

01-12-2014 15:00

Farmers in France have staged an unusual protest by unleashing sheep under the Eiffel Tower.

The angry farmers are demonstrating against a number of wolves in the country that are killing too many of their animals and the government’s policy on protecting these wolves.

It’s thought that the numbers of animals wolves have attacked have reached 8,000 since 1993 and the number continues to rise, as the population of wolves grows. So, in order to voice their concerns, farmers have taken to the streets of Paris with their sheep.

“Today, this little lamb has lost its mother who was killed by a wolf, so we are asking the community what are we supposed to do? It needs its mother to feed, but today, its mother is dead because a wolf killed her. That’s the explanation we want to provide today in this Parisian square. The matter is that these wolves are not compatible with rearing animals.”

The number of wolves in France increases by about 20 per cent each year and the farmers are asking for permission to actively control this growth.

Difficult words: stage (organise), unleash (release), demonstrate (protest), policy (law), compatible (exist together without problems), rear (breed and raise animals), active (do something).



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