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Goodwill ambassador Li Bingbing appeals for wild animal protection

Producing genuine tears on demand is one of the hardest parts of my job as an actress. Acting teachers will tell you that in order to cry on screen you need to summon up something personal-a fear, an inner secret, a sad experience-that taps into your deepest emotions.

作为一名演员,我工作的一大挑战就是哭戏。学表演的时候老师曾说,若想感动观众,首先要感动自己。我要去挖掘内心深处无法释怀的经历和过往,回忆起我的——那些恐惧、内心深处的秘密,以及切切在心的悲痛经历。

This may sound strange, but the inner secret I use when I need to cry during a movie scene is the image of an elephant. It's an image that haunts me, an image that will remain in my heart and mind for as long as I live.

说来奇怪,每每这一刻,浮现在我脑海的都是一头大象。她总会触动我内心深处最伤感的情绪,让我不经意间就泪流满面。

Two years ago I visited Samburu National Reserve, a wildlife park in Kenya. There, on a guided walk through the bush, I saw my first dead elephant. Poachers had hunted down this magnificent animal before piercing her tough hide with poisoned spears. As if she already knew her fate, the elephant had walked through the bush, the toxins coursing through her veins, until she found a quiet place to lie down. She chose to die in the cool shade of an acacia tree.

两年前,我有幸访问了肯尼亚桑布鲁国家自然保护区。在向导的指引下,我穿过繁密的丛林,平生第一次看到一头死去的大象。她卧倒在金合欢树荫下,已经面目全非。向导说她死前曾遭到偷猎者疯狂的追捕,尽管为自己寻得一片隐匿的丛林,却仍被毒箭所伤。毒素很快流遍她的全身,她最终在金合欢树影下慢慢睡去。

And that's where her body was when I saw her, lying in the dusty red soil, her face hacked off with machetes so that her killers could wrench the tusks from her skull. Around her dead body were the small footprints of a baby elephant; her child now left to fend for itself without the protection of its mother.

她的遗骸深陷在泥泞的红壤中,象牙已被偷猎者生生掰下,尸首零落。她的旁边有小象出没的足迹。我不禁担忧,妈妈不在了,它能照顾好自己么。

That moment, the sight of the dead mother and her mutilated body lying under the shade of the tree, changed something inside me. It made me sick in the pit of my stomach. I remember crying for her as I thought about the cruelty and senselessness that had led to her death. It made me angry, too: she died so that someone living thousands of miles away could buy a bracelet made from ivory, or some other trinket they could show off to their friends and neighbors, oblivious to the blood, sorrow and brutality that made these trivial objects possible.

此时此刻,看着她在合欢花影下被残忍肢解的躯体,我心痛到无法呼吸,内心仿佛有了某种微妙变化。胃里也开始翻江倒海。我记得自己一想到残酷和无知导致了她的死亡就会忍不住哭泣,这让我悲伤的同时也让我愤怒。或许在数千英里之外,一些人正得意地向自己的朋友和邻居炫耀着买来的象牙手镯或其他装饰品,殊不知这背后隐藏的血与泪。

But her death also fired me up. I stepped from the shade of that acacia tree knowing that to prevent the death of more elephants like her I would have to double my efforts to stop the illegal trade in ivory, which is fuelling so much misery in Africa.

不过她的死亡也让我急切想做点什么。从树影中走出来,我一言不发,内心的悲伤逆流成河。非洲象牙贸易血雨腥风,愈演愈烈,我自知唯有加倍努力,才可能防止未来更多的大象像她一样悲惨死去。

The demand for ivory, especially in Asia, and the greed of those who profit from this gruesome trade means that poachers kill one elephant every 15 minutes. In the past decade, more than one-fourth of the world's elephants have been slaughtered for their ivory.

全球,尤其是亚洲地区对于象牙有很大的需求。贪婪的偷猎者垂涎于象牙贸易背后的丰厚利润,每15分钟就会有一头大象被屠杀。过去的十年中,世界上超过四分之一的大象被杀害。

And it's not just the elephants that suffer. Millions of tourists every year flock to see these giant animals, bringing vital jobs and income to some of the poorest communities on Earth. Kill an elephant and you rob people of their livelihoods. This senseless killing must stop, and it must stop now.

遭殃的还不只大象。每年数百万喜爱大象的游客到访非洲,为全球最贫困的人们提供重要的收入来源。而随着大象数量的减少,当地人正逐渐失去立足之本。这种毫无意义的杀戮必须立刻停止。

That's why I'm supporting a new United Nations campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing many species-not just elephants-to the brink of extinction in every corner of the world. Under the banner "Wild for Life", this campaign serves to raise awareness about the illegal trade in wildlife and embolden everyone to take action against these crimes, which destroy forests, fuel corruption, breed insecurity and divert money away from governments struggling to improve healthcare and education for their people.

因此我支持联合国最新发动的这场运动。非法贸易破坏森林、助长腐败、滋生不安全因素、还严重剥削政府投入到医疗和教育的拨款,使世界各个角落的物种——不仅仅是大象——濒临灭绝。为生命呐喊运动旨在提高人们对非法野生动植物贸易的认识,鼓励每个人都采取行动制止相关犯罪。

The illegal trade in wildlife thrives on ignorance and indifference. That is why knowledge serves as such a powerful weapon against these crimes. Armed with knowledge, we can shop carefully to avoid buying illegally sourced products like ivory; we can report crimes using mobile devices and national hotlines; and we can support conservation initiatives that press authorities to combat wildlife crime.

非法贸易的根本在于无知和冷漠,故而知识是遏制相关犯罪的一个强有力的武器。只有人们用知识武装自己,我们才能在购物的时候避免购买包括象牙在内的非法产品;通过移动电话和国家热线,报告犯罪分子行踪;支持当地保护计划,推动政府加大力度打击野生动植物犯罪。

If we take away the demand for ivory then the killing of elephants will end. That is why it's vital that we don't buy anything made from ivory no matter how intricately it is carved.

只要象牙制品没有了市场,大规模杀伤行为就会终结。这就是为何不管象牙制品有多精美,我们不去买才是最关键的。

The terrible truth is that an elephant's blood has been spilt and entire families have been torn apart. This is the awful truth that we need to megaphone across the world. It's a truth that you can help spread.

每一个象牙制品背后,都是一条鲜活的生命和因此支离破碎的家庭。如果屠害大象仅仅是为了满足某些人吃穿的需求,这代价未免太沉重。我们需要让世界各地都清楚地意识到问题的严重性,将事实传播到每一个角落。

It is not enough to weep for the countless animals that have been killed. The time for tears is over. The time for action is upon us.

此时此刻,眼泪是没有用的。道虽远,不行不至;事虽难,不为不成,让我们尽快采取行动。

The author is an actress and a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. 

本文作者李冰冰是著名演员,也是联合国环境规划署全球亲善大使。

Source: China Daily

2016-09-28

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