Every year more people recognize that it is wrong to kill wildlife for “sport.” Progress in this direction is slow because shooting is not a sport for watching, and only those few who take part realize the cruelty and destruction.
The number of gunners, however, grows rapidly. Children too young to develop proper judgments through independent thought are led along way away by their gunning parents. They are subjected to advertisements of gun producers who describe shooting as good for their health and guncarrying as a way of putting redder blood in the veins (血管). They are persuaded by gunner magazines with stories honoring the chase and the kill. In school they view motion pictures which are supposedly meant to teach them how to deal with arms safely but which are actually designed to stimulate (刺激) a desire to own a gun. Wildlife is disappearing because of shooting and because of the loss of wildland habitat (栖息地). Habitat loss will continue with our increasing population, but can we slow the loss of wildlife caused by shooting? There doesn't seem to be any chance if the serious condition of our birds is not improved.
Wildlife belongs to everyone and not to the gunners alone. Although most people do not shoot they seem to forgive shooting for sport because they know little or nothing about it. The only answer, then, is to bring the truth about sport shooting to the great majority of people.
Now, it is time to realize that animals have the same right to life as we do and that there is nothing fair or right about a person with a gun shooting the harmless and beautiful creatures. The gunners like to describe what they do as character-building, but we know that to wound an animal and watch it go through the agony of dying can make nobody happy. If, as they would have you believe, gun-carrying and killing improve human-character, then perhaps we should encourage war. 【題組】73. The underlined word "agony" in the last paragraph probably means__c____________.
(A) form (B) Condition (C) pain (D) sadness
17 題至第 20 題，請依據下文文意，從四個選項中選出最合適者。
Animal species on the brink of extinction can be given a second chance through protection and captive
breeding—even if preserving a habitat conflicts with economic interests. A company in Taiwan planned to build a
rapid-transit line right through the only major remaining breeding ground of the rare pheasant-tailed jacana（水雉）.
There was an outcry, but it was the only economically viable route. Environmentalists worked with the company to
come up with a solution—moving the breeding ground. Water was diverted back into nearby wetlands that had been
grained by farmers, and suitable vegetation was replanted. In 2000, five birds hatched in their new home, and in the
following year, even more birds moved to the site. 【題組】18 What does the word “outcry” in this passage mean?
(A)Bitter weeping (B)Strong and public protest
(C)Common dissatisfaction (D)Universal agony