Member of rock band “Queen” says that going vegan is the only way to end deadly pandemics, such as COVID-19 for good.
Queen lead guitarist Vegan Brian May believes that veganism is the “way forward” from the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with NME, the 72-year-old musician said the global outbreak will cause people to reexamine their relationship with food animals. “If you want to get deep into it, I think we should be looking again at whether we should be eating animals,” he said.
“That’s a central issue here, this pandemic seemed to come from people eating animals,” he continued. “And it’s becoming more well known that eating animals is not the greatest thing for our health.”
Tracing The Coronavirus’ Origins
Experts believe that the coronavirus originated from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China last December. However, Dr. Robert Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine, told NPR that more evidence is needed to determine if that is the exact starting point of the pandemic.
But, he confirmed that virus is zoonotic—able to be transmitted from animals to humans. For example, the coronavirus shares similarities with a virus found in pangolins. These scaly anteaters, native to Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, are often targets of the illegal wildlife trade. This was confirmed by a whole genomic sequencing of the virus.
“[T]hose sequences probably did arise from a virus like the pangolin coronavirus, or maybe some other coronavirus that can circulate in pangolins or some other animals,” said Garry.
Brian May Goes Vegan
May adopted a plant-based diet as an “experiment” at the start of the year for Veganuary. The global campaign that encourages people to go vegan for the month of January.
May “grappled with the fact” that he ate animals despite being a longtime campaigner against fox huts and badger culls. The current pandemic has motivated him to be more vocal about using animals for food.
“…[N]ow 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,” said May.
He concluded: “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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