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Queen Rocker Brian May Says Meat Eating Is To Blame For Coronavirus Spread

by | April 15, 2020

Queen guitarist Brian May has said that meat eating is to blame for the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

Speaking to NME, May said he believes the circumstances call for reevaluation of existing food systems.

“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 and it’s becoming more well known that eating animals is not the greatest thing for our health.”

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The pangolin is one suspected source of the coronavirus (2630ben/Shutterstock.com)

Coronavirus — The Origin Story

While the coronavirus has been deemed zoonotic — which means it spread from animals to humans — the exact source is still unclear.

One theory is that it came from a wet market in Wuhan, China, a hot bed for the virus where wild animals were being sold as food. While this is not a proven fact, the idea that wild animal consumption is to blame has garnered enough attention to prompt both Vietnam and China to ban the practice.

It also inspired further research which led the the discovery of viral strains related to COVID-19 in Malayan pangolins smuggled into China.

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May began his vegan jounrey early in 2020 (Photo: Koca Vehbi/Shutterstock.com)

Brian May & The Vegan Lifestyle

May began his plant-based journey by participating in Veganuary, an annual month-long vegan challenge, early this year. 

He took to Instagram at the end of the month to share his experience.

“VEGANUARY !!! Yes! It’s done – and I loved it. Not a morsel of meat or fish or dairy passed my lips. It was so much easier than I expected and gave me so much” he wrote.

“So I am now plunging in for a Vegan February!!! I certainly don’t feel like giving up this new journey of discovery.”

What started as an experiment appears to have become a longterm change, as the rocker has adhered to a vegan diet since.

He maintains that he has not been “preachy” with respect to his now-vegan values, but was clear in telling NME that he thinks “it’s time to re-examine our world in a way that doesn’t abuse other species.”


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