TOEFL Speaking - Section 2
In this part you have to speak for 45 seconds about a choice.
Look at the topic below for 15 seconds. You may make notes if you wish
Should people be allowed to keep wild animals (snakes, ferrets, large cats such as tigers and lions, monkeys, etc.) as pets?
Preparation Time: 15 seconds
Response Time: 45 seconds
You should speak for 45 seconds.
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People have kept animals as pets for a very long time. In fact, our dogs and cats are descended from their canine and feline ancestors. People also like to keep fish as pets, and many children grow up with hamsters, gerbils, even rats and mice in cages. These are all wild animals but we keep them in our houses.
Snakes and large cats are different. A snake can escape and hurt someone, and large cats do not lose their instincts to hunt and kill. Housecats hunt birds, mice, and insects even if they are well-fed. Keeping a large cat such as a tiger or a lion in the house can only lead to disaster.
I think that wild animals should be left alone, in the wild, and not brought into people's homes as pets.
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