Canadian singer-songwriter, author, and dedicated vegan, Bryan Adams recently committed a selfless act that has warmed people the world round.
After he witnessed hunters going after a whale in the waters of Mustique (a private island in the Caribbean’s Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), he paddled out to the whale on his paddle-board – putting himself between the mammal and the poachers.
The whale was swimming within the 1,000 meter conservation zone that exists around the island, which is a known holiday spot for the rich and famous, where Adams owns property.
Adams spoke about the episode to Searchlight, explaining: “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 paddle-board, 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.”
Following the star’s brave intervention, Mustique’s security arrived to the scene on a boat and told the whalers to leave.
Adams is a great champion of animal rights, and is the co-founder of chairman of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Environment Fund (SVGEF).
He believes that the collection of islands must move away from whale hunting, switching to whale watching, with a focus on eco-tourism.
“My role is that of somebody who wants to make sure we protect it [SVG] for the future, for our children and our 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, 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.”