Queen’s Brian May says a vegan diet is ‘the way forward’ in response to coronavirus pandemic

Rasha Ali
USA TODAY

Published 2:30 PM EDT Apr 15, 2020

Brian May believes the coronavirus pandemic should make people reevaluate their diet.

Speaking with NME in an interview published Wednesday, Queen’s lead guitarist said he thinks a vegan diet would be better for people’s overall health.

“If you want to get deep into it, I think we should be looking again at whether we should be eating animals,” Queen’s co-founder 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.”

The consensus among researchers studying the spread of the virus pinpoints COVID-19’s likely origin to a “wet market” in Wuhan, China where live and dead creatures including bats are sold as food and for alleged medicinal purposes. Though experts have not ruled out the possibility that the pathogen could have been brought to the market by an already infected person, there is no evidence to suggest COVID-19 originated outside the country.

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May started becoming a vegan in January after completing a “vegan challenge” that month. 

“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,” May said. “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.”

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He continued saying he might become a little more outspoken about veganism as he believes it’s “the way forward.”

May’s comments come a day after Paul McCartney decried exotic Chinese “wet” markets as the original source of the coronavirus pandemic, calling for the government to halt the activity during a discussion on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM program.

“I really hope that this will mean that the Chinese government … will say, ‘OK, guys, we have really got to get super hygienic around here.’ ” McCartney, 77, a long-time supporter of animal rights, said on the program about the markets. “Let’s face it, come on, it is a little bit medieval, eating bats.” 

“They might as well be, you know, letting off atomic bombs because this is affecting the whole world,” he added. “Whoever is responsible for this is at war with the world and itself; it just doesn’t make sense any sense at all.”

Contributing: Bryan Alexander, Matthew Brown

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