Russell Simmons Issues Apology After Saying Eating Animals Caused Coronavirus

Russell Simmons ended up issuing an apology after he posted a quote on his Instagram page that stated Coronavirus was caused by eating animals.

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The image read:


Ebola, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, HIV, SARS and vCJD were caused by EATING ANIMALS.


“Your personal choice” to eat animals impacts every living being on this planet.

Russ added the following personal message:

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 behavior… 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.

See the original post below:

The overzealous vegan took responsibility for his insensitive post after he was dragged up and down the comment section of his post.

Russ posted the following message:

I’m sorry for all those who believe my previous post was insensitive my intention was and is to promote compassion and a safer, healthier planet for all. 

He then continued with an “I said what I said” message:

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 affect of my words were, are helpful

See his original post below:

What are your thoughts on this?

Do you think Russell Simmons is on to something or should he go eat a kale salad somewhere and be quiet because this isn’t the time to be condemning people for what’s on their plate?