In the interview, the rocker states that “if you love animals, don’t eat them,” and explains that he has been a vegetarian since 1988.
"If you decide to change your life and stop eating all kinds of animal products, you will inevitably see a change," he says. “The most profound change I ever saw in myself was when I ate only raw food for a year and half. Nothing cooked, nothing animal or fish. Aside from losing weight (which I didn’t have), it was the best I’d ever felt. I’ve incorporated some cooked food back into my diet, but my regime is still about 70 per cent fruit and salad and nuts every day.”
This isn’t the first time that Adams has helped animals. He has bolstered the campaign by PETA affiliates against Canada’s annual seal slaughter, starred in a pro-vegetarian ad that can be found on PETAIndia.com, and he provided crucial support for PETA US’ ultimately successful campaign to win landmark animal welfare reforms for the millions of chickens raised and killed for most of the KFC restaurants in Canada.
Adams has also lent his considerable skills as a photographer to shoot an ad starring actor Sadie Frost for a campaign against fur for PETA UK.
PETA points out that animals slaughtered in India for meat are crammed into vehicles in such high numbers that many animals break their bones, and some suffocate en route. At abattoirs, workers often hack at the throats of goats, sheep and other animals with dull blades. Chickens on factory farms are crowded by the thousands into dark sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which they are forced to stand. These birds never see the light of day and are denied everything that is natural and important to them.
Adams joins a long list of celebrities – including Paul McCartney – who have teamed up with PETA India to promote going vegetarian as the best thing anyone can do for animals, the environment, and their own health.
To read the full interview, visit PETAIndia.com.