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1146 Captivity

Todd and Paul discuss animals living in captivity rather than in the wild.

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You seem conscious about animals.

Here, the word conscious is similar in meaning to 'concerned'. Notice the following:

  1. Nowadays, students seem more environmentally conscious.
  2. Nowadays, students seem more environmentally concerned .

be next to

You be next to the tigers.

The preposition 'next to' means to be beside or close to someone or something. Notice the following:

  1. He flew home to be next to his ill mother.
  2. Just standing next to her was exciting.

meddle with nature

We meddle with nature.

To meddle with nature occurs when humans try to change things that happen naturally in the environment. Notice the following:

  1. Meddling with nature can be dangerous.
  2. I don't think captive breeding is really meddling with nature.


Tigers face difficulties with poachers.

Poachers illegally kill animals for their ivory, skin or body parts. Notice the following:

  1. Poachers are difficult to catch.
  2. Poaching of elephants continues in many parts of Africa.

faulty logic

Maybe that's faulty logic.

An example of faulty logic might be: poachers kill tigers for "medicinal" parts so poaching must be good. The medicinal value of these parts is based on cultural beliefs when in fact, they have no proven health benefits. Notice the following:

  1. His argument was based on faulty logic.
  2. To say that since captive animals are well fed they must be happy is faulty logic.