Canadian singer-songwriter, author, and vegan Bryan Adams recently acted as a human shield in order to save the life of a whale.
Adams paddled out to the whale on his paddleboard after witnessing hunters going after it in the waters surrounding Mustique, a private island in the Caribbean’s Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
There is 1,000-metre conservation zone surround the island — a hotspot for many of the rich and famous — which the whale was swimming in.
Speaking about the incident to Searchlight, Adams explained, “I was witness to a whaleboat and speed boats corralling a whale; several boats going around and hurting it. I saw it first-hand…and I got out on my paddleboard, and I was in between the whale and the whaler.”
“I was there on a peaceful mission,” he added. “It was big sea, the moment may have been lost. But the whale was beside me for a moment and it was gone.”
After his intervention, Mustique’s security came on a boat and told the whalers to leave, recalled Adams.
Shifting to Eco-Tourism
The star owns property on the private island and considers himself a citizen of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. He is the co-founder and chairman of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Environment Fund (SVGEF) and believes the collection of islands should focus on eco-tourism and shift away from whale hunting to whale watching.
“My role is that of somebody who wants to make sure we protect it (SVG) for the future, for our children and children’s children,” he said.
“I am not interested in damaging the country,” he added. “I want people to come to SVG and see how beautiful the environment here is.”
“It is so broad and beautiful and rare,” he continued. “eco-tourism should be the focus of the future as it is a much more viable thing to be thinking instead of whaling, because tourists would be horrified if they see that going on.”
This isn’t the first time Adams has acted on behalf of the animals. He frequently posts about veganism on social media and encourages his followers to adopt a plant-based diet for the good of their health, the environment, and the animals.
In June 2018 he spoke out about the use of gelatin in candy. He Tweeted, “did you know that if you are eating gummybears you are eating ‘meatsweets’ made of animal byproducts such as hoofs and horns?”