Presenting an acoustic performance of the song Cuts Like a Knife on his Instagram page, the Canadian singer wrote:
Tonight was supposed to be the start of a concert rental at @royalalberthall, but thanks to a fucking bat, the sale of animals on the wet market, the greedy bastard viruses, the whole world is now in wait, not to mention the thousands of people who suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than “thank you very much” has become vegan.
The Adams explosion brings together a number of theories about the origin of the virus. The first is that Covid-19 has been transmitted to humans through the consumption of bats (or pangolins infected with bats, as has also been suggested). A number of the earliest cases of the disease have been discovered in people who had visited a wet market in Wuhan, which sells fresh meat and seafood, raising fears that the meat purchased there may be source.
However, many other early cases involved people who did not attend the market. This is one of the factors that have led others to suggest that the virus came from one of the two Wuhan laboratories studying coronavirus in bats, either in an artificial form or via an interruption of the biosecurity of animal specimens. Donald Trump and members of his administration pushed for this theory, although the scientific community has unanimously rejected the idea that it could have been created by man. It is not even clear if Wuhan is the area where the virus was originally transferred from animals to humans, and there is still no scientific consensus on the source of the epidemic.
Very few, if any, high profile personalities have publicly confused all of these debated areas, although other music stars have attacked the Chinese in the wet markets.
Paul McCartney, a longtime defender of vegetarians and animal rights, said in April: “Let’s face it, these are a bit medieval bats … They won’t close these wet markets, which put us wouldn’t be so bad if that’s the only thing it seems you can blame in these wet markets. Looks like Sars, avian flu, all kinds of other things that have plagued us … and what’s the point? For these fairly medieval practices. They need to clean up their act. “
Brian May of the Queen also linked the consumption of meat to the spread of the disease, saying: “This pandemic seemed to come from people eating animals … it is time to re-examine our world in a way that does not abuse other species. “
Adams has released music regularly since its breakthrough in the early 1980s, and its commercial peak came in 1991 with the single (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, still the oldest UK No 1. His two albums more recent, Get Up (2015) and Shine a Light (2019) both reached No. 2 in the UK charts.