Mainly due to the high demand for ivory in some Asian countries, elephant poaching is yet again on the rise. In 2009, over
14,000 different products made from body parts of elephants were seized, which made scientists issue certain warnings.
Most experts agree that some rapid developing economies, such as China and India, are to blame for the high ivorydemand.
With their stronger and growing economies, an increasing number of people in these countries can now afford ivory, which has
become something like the status symbol for the middle class in these countries, particularly because of the soaring price of ivory
over the last couple of years.
According to the estimate of scientists, in order to meet the high ivory demand, around 8% to 10% of Africa’s elephants are
now being killed annually. This is really an alarming situation, which puts the world’s largest animals once again in great danger.
As a result, many elephants are being slaughtered by merciless poachers who only care about money.
To the disappointment of many scientists, cruel elephant poaching will just go on as long as there is high demand for ivory.
What’s worse is that it’s very difficult to find a solution to this problem. The only certain fact is that elephants, especially those
living in Africa, need much more protection because poaching gangs are becoming more and more organized, and there are not
enough rangers to stop them.
【題組】46. The main idea of this article is that ______.
(A) high ivory demand prompts elephant poaching
(B) the number of ruthless elephant poachers is shrinking
(C) people in China and India are getting more and more wealthy
(D) ivory is valuable and can be worth millions of dollars