Vegan musician Bryan Adams, known for hits like “Summer of ’69,” has summarised his plant-based lifestyle with endearing simplicity: animals are friends, not food.
In a recent interview with India-based news source The Tribune, Adams was keen to promote not only his music but also his love of animals. “Animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends,” he said. The Canadian musician also spoke of the endearing animal encounters he has enjoyed in India, reminiscing how, on his first ever trip to the country, his taxi was forced to stop “because an elephant had gone to sleep in the middle of the road.”
Adams, who has been vegan for nearly three decades, added that eating animals is “dangerous to long-term good health.” The vegan celebrity has previously credited his vegan diet to not getting sick, noting how a healthy plant-based diet strengthens the immune system. As revealed by a growing body of medical evidence, animal-based foods, particularly red and processed meats, have been linked to various health issues, including various forms of cancer, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and more.
The vegan movement is so important to Adams that he regularly uses his platform to promote the cause, even challenging his eco-conscious fans. Though he admitted that his diet change in 1989 was partly motivated by newfound “knowledge on a healthier way of living,” the vegan musician also said that his meat-free diet is also driven by respect for the planet and animals. Last December, he wrote to millions of Facebook fans,“You can’t be a true environmentalist if you eat animals.”
Adams has previously said that his life motto is “If you love animals, don’t eat them,” a mantra which made sense to him from a young age. “The moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.”
The decision to not eat his friends is, according to the musician, “the best thing I ever did.”
Image credit: Bryan Adams
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