Brian May on Going Vegan Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: 'Eating Animals Has Brought Us to Our Knees as a Species'

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Brian May of Queen perform at SSE Arena, Wembley on July 1, 2018 in London.

Brian May shared his theory that eating meat may be a root cause of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic in a new interview on Wednesday (April 15).

"If you want to get deep into it, I think we should be looking again at whether we should be eating animals," the Queen guitarist 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."

May went on to explain that he's gone completely vegan since the beginning of the year, transitioning to a plant-based diet after years as an animal activist. "To go vegan was just a decision," he said, "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."

The legendary guitarist's advocacy for veganism adds to his recent comments to ITV News that he hopes "we remember the lessons that we’ve learned" from living through the pandemic. "That we can work from home, the cars can stop, the planes can stop, the air can get clear," he said earlier this month.

"I mean, suddenly we can all breathe again. That’s gonna save countless lives. There’s no animals being knocked down on the roads anymore, and our wildlife rescue is experiencing a tremendous difference."