The Reading / Listening - Pressure Groups - Level 5

The animal rights group PETA has bought shares in the French luxury goods company Louis Vuitton (LV). PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) bought the shares to pressure LV to stop selling products made from exotic animal skins. PETA has not said how many shares it bought. There are rumours that it has bought just one share. Even this will mean PETA can go to shareholder meetings. PETA will also question the LV board members in front of other shareholders to make sure its concerns about protecting animals are heard and addressed.



The main reason for PETA buying the shares is to highlight the treatment of crocodiles. PETA said it has information showing that crocodile farms in Vietnam that supply skins to Louis Vuitton are kept in tiny pits and sometimes cut into while they are still alive. It said: "PETA has become a shareholder of LV…to put pressure on the company to stop selling exotic skins merchandise." An LV spokeswoman replied: "We have no knowledge of ... any cruel method involving the suffering of the animal. [This] is in clear contradiction of our…rules."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pressure Groups - Level 4 or  Pressure Groups - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38608231
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/peta-buys-louis-vuitton-fashion-moet-hennessey-shares-stocks-lvmh-crocodile-skin-products-exotic-a7525631.html
  • http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-wwd-peta-lvmh-share-20170113-story.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The animal rights
  2. the French luxury
  3. bought the shares to
  4. exotic animal
  5. it has bought just one
  6. PETA can go to shareholder
  7. question the LV board
  8. concerns about protecting animals
  1. skins
  2. members
  3. share
  4. are heard
  5. goods company
  6. group
  7. pressure LV
  8. meetings

Paragraph 2

  1. The main reason for PETA
  2. highlight the treatment
  3. crocodile
  4. kept in tiny
  5. PETA has become a
  6. put pressure
  7. We have no knowledge of  any cruel
  8. This is in clear contradiction
  1. farms
  2. method
  3. pits
  4. on the company
  5. buying the shares
  6. of our rules
  7. of crocodiles
  8. shareholder of LV

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The animal rights group PETA has (1) ___________________ the French luxury goods company Louis Vuitton (LV). PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) bought the (2) ___________________ LV to stop selling products (3) ___________________ animal skins. PETA has not said how many shares it bought. There (4) ___________________ it has bought just one share. Even this will mean PETA can go to shareholder meetings. PETA will also question the LV (5) ___________________ front of other shareholders to make sure (6) ___________________ protecting animals are heard and addressed.

The (7) ___________________ PETA buying the shares is to highlight the treatment of crocodiles. PETA said it has (8) ___________________ that crocodile farms in Vietnam (9) ___________________ to Louis Vuitton are kept in tiny pits and sometimes cut (10) ___________________ are still alive. It said: "PETA has become a shareholder of LV… (11) ___________________ the company to stop selling exotic skins merchandise." AN LV spokeswoman replied: "We have no knowledge of ... any cruel method (12) ___________________ suffering of the animal. [This] is in clear contradiction of our…rules."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheanimalrightsgroupPETAhasboughtsharesintheFrenchluxurygoo
dscompanyLouisVuitton(LV).PETA(PeoplefortheEthicalTreatmentof
Animals)boughtthesharestopressureLVtostopsellingproductsmadef
romexoticanimalskins.PETAhasnotsaidhowmanysharesitbought.Th
erearerumoursthatithasboughtjustoneshare.EventhiswillmeanPET
Acangotoshareholdermeetings.PETAwillalsoquestiontheLVboardme
mbersinfrontofothershareholderstomakesureitsconcernsaboutprot
ectinganimalsareheardandaddressed.ThemainreasonforPETAbuyin
gthesharesistohighlightthetreatmentofcrocodiles.PETAsaidithasinf
ormationshowingthatcrocodilefarmsinVietnamthatsupplyskinstoLo
uisVuittonarekeptintinypitsandsometimescutintowhiletheyarestillal
ive.Itsaid:"PETAhasbecomeashareholderofLV…toputpressureonthe
companytostopsellingexoticskinsmerchandise."AnLVspokeswoman
replied:"Wehavenoknowledgeof ... anycruelmethodinvolvingthesuf
feringoftheanimal.[This]isinclearcontradictionofour…rules."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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