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Over 70 percent of the public believes the closure of illegal and unregulated animal markets in China and elsewhere would prevent pandemics like today’s from happening in the future, a recent survey by the World Wide Fund for Nature shows.

Japan’s 72 percent agreement rate compares with 91 percent in Myanmar, 80 percent in Hong Kong, 79 percent in Thailand and 73 percent in Vietnam, according to the WWF survey, which queried 1,000 people from each nation.

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