Scientist and Queen guitarist Brian May has shared his support for widespread veganism, which he believes is the future after the world was “brought to its knees” by the coronavirus outbreak.
It’s claimed that the spread of COVID-19 can be traced back to a “wet market” in Wuhan, China, which specializes in the sale of live animals.
The 72-year-old believes the pandemic will force people to evaluate their current relationship with meat.
“I think we should be looking again at whether we should be eating animals,” May, who has been vegan since the beginning of 2020, told NME.
“That’s a central issue here, this pandemic seemed to come from people eating animals and it’s becoming more well known that eating animals is not the greatest thing for our health.”
Although he has only recently converted to a fully vegan plant-based diet, May has been campaigning for animal rights for some time.
“I took up the Vegan Challenge in January and I’ve been three months a vegan now,” he said.
“To me, it was an experiment because for a long time I’d been an animal campaigner but grappled with the fact that I was still eating them occasionally.
“But to go vegan was just a decision, and I haven’t been preachy about it, but now we’ve seen more of the effects of how eating animals has brought us to our knees as a species, I think it’s time to re-examine our world in a way that doesn’t abuse other species.
“Whether we will see that happen, I don’t know, but I think I will start to be a bit more preachy about veganism because to me it is the way forward, in so many ways.”
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