In a post which supports a vegan lifestyle, Russel Simmons stated that other diseases like Ebola and Cancer are also caused by eating animals.
“I know people don’t want to read this And it’s tough to digest …….. But this statement is factual and necessary Eating animals is horrible unconscious behaviour… Even as I catch up on the debate I see the talk of climate change with both candidates ignoring the elephant in the room How can they discuss climate change w/out discussing the emissions from the animals? FACT…The cause of this virus, the #1 cause of cancer, and CLIMATE change is the abuse and eating of animals PLEASE STOP EATING ANIMALS I am aware that there is a fine line between saying things that people hear and things that bounce off of them. I hope this message is taken with the love that it is delivered with”.
He later apologized after his post was found to be insensitive by some quarters.
“There seems to be no proper or easy time to say what I said, the ongoing abuse of animals is hurtful on so many levels it’s hard to quantify them all .. “dominion over the animals” does not mean birth 100 billion animals into unbelievable suffering, so they could cause disease, destroy the planet, and create the worst karmic disaster in history …Which is repeated each year over and over… I’m convinced that one day this will all be illegal. I hope the overall effect of my words were, are helpful”.