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Special wood found

Update: November, 23/2013 - 12:00

The police found some special pieces of wood.

The wood was hidden under some things in a lorry.

The wood is special because it comes from trees that are in danger of disappearing forever.

The people who took it were not supposed to do that.

These logs of wood are from trees listed as vulnerable and endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
These logs are from trees listed as vulnerable and endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). - Photo vov

THUA THIEN HUE (VNS)— Police in central Thua Thien Hue Province have discovered an illegal cargo carrying roughly one tonne of rare and precious wood that is prohibited from being exploited, traded and transported in Viet Nam.

The haul included Burmese rosewood (Dalbergia oliveri), rose wood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) and Burmese padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus).

These trees are listed as vulnerable and endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Police stopped a lorry on Saturday for traffic violations and found the sliced wood in a container covered by electronic cargo boxes.

The lorry driver told police he had been hired to transport the wood from Phu Bai industrial park to Ha Noi. He failed to show police permits for transportation of the wood.

The province's Bureau of Forest Rangers is holding the wood, the driver and his lorry while the investigation continues.— VNS

GLOSSARY

Police in central Thua Thien Hue Province have discovered an illegal cargo carrying roughly one tonne of rare and precious wood that is prohibited from being exploited, traded and transported in Viet Nam.

 

Cargo means the goods or things that are carried on a ship, an aeroplane or a car.

 

If something is illegal, it is against the law.

 

Roughly here means ‘about' or ‘around'. That means the cargo discovered was varying about one tonne of precious wood.

 

If something is prohibited, it is not allowed to happen and is forbidden.

 

When something is exploited it is used in a bad or unfair way.

The haul included Burmese rosewood (Dalbergia oliveri), rose wood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) and Burmese padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus).

A haul is a number of things that have been stolen or come by illegally. The wood, in this case, is the haul.

These trees are listed as vulnerable and endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

If something is vulnerable, it is easily harmed or hurt.

A species is a type of animal or plant. Endangered is when something is at risk of disappearing forever.

 

Police stopped a lorry on Saturday for traffic violations and found the sliced wood in a container covered by electronic cargo boxes.

When something is broken or disobeyed, it is a violation. A traffic violation would be something like not following the rules of the road, such as not stopping at traffic lights, or driving too fast.

The lorry driver told police he had been hired to transport the wood from Phu Bai industrial park to Ha Noi. He failed to show police permits for transportation of the wood.

A permit is a written document that gives someone permission to do something.

To transport something means to carry it from one place to another – usually by car, train, aeroplane or ship.

The province's Bureau of Forest Rangers is holding the wood, the driver and his lorry while the investigation continues.

Holding here means keeping.

When something is under investigation, it is being studied and looked into more carefully to find out more about it.

 

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1.        The people who catch other people who do bad things.

2.        How many tonnes of wood did the police find?

3.        These trees are listed as vulnerable and endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of ___?

4.        On what day did the police stop the lorry?

5.        Which major city in Viet Nam was the lorry driver transporting the wood to?

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