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SHANGHAI, February 21, Xinhua -- Wild animals are carriers of many pathogenic microorganisms that might pose threats to human beings, so how to treat and protect them in a sustainable manner?

Forest science and education 2.21 China museums popularize laws intl conventions online to protect wildlife

Black-necked cranes fly over a natural reserve for the birds in Lhunzhub County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Jan. 1, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Rufeng)

People can find the answers through an online quizzing program on the novel coronavirus epidemic and biodiversity conservation launched by 150 organizations, including museums, zoos, nature reserves, libraries and schools, from Feb. 17 to 28.

By answering the quizzes and checking the answers, netizens can be informed that under China's Criminal law and the Law on the Protection of Wildlife, people are subject to harsh punishments for hunting or killing rare and endangered wild animals.

Included in the quizzes are the latest policies, including a strict ban on any wildlife trading amid the epidemic.

A better understanding of international conventions such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is also included in the quizzes.

"I have long been against the eating of wildlife. But after taking the quiz, I found that I knew little about the related laws and regulations," said Wang Jiawei.

Peking University Center for Nature and Society, together with several partners, launched an online survey on wildlife consumption, trade and law amendments and received over 100,000 feedback submissions from Jan. 28 to Feb. 14.

Ninety-seven percent of the respondents were against eating wild animals and 79 percent disapproved of the use of wildlife products, including furs and bones. However, only 8 percent knew the regulations on the licenses for hunting, breeding and business operation and utilization of wildlife.

More efforts should be made to raise the public awareness on wildlife protection and popularize the related laws and regulations to promote harmony between human and nature, said Gu Jieyan, deputy director of the Shanghai Natural History Museum Management Committee.

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