At the beginning of the year, Queen guitarist Brian May decided to follow a plant-based diet. May had quietly undergone his transition to veganism without drawing much attention to it. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“If you want to get deep into it, I think we should be looking again at whether we should be eating animals,” May told NME in an interview.
“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.”
May believes the pandemic will force people to reconsider their decision to eat meat. A long time animal rights supporter, May admitted he went vegan back in January as an experiment.
As May privately underwent the transition in his diet, recent events have made him speak up about his change. “To go vegan was just a decision,” he said. “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 or not society will ultimately change their dietary habits as a result of this pandemic remains to be seen, but May plans to publicly advocate for veganism. “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,” he said.