TV Review: Carnage
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It's 2067. We don't eat meat, dairy or eggs anymore. We don't wear skins or furs and its socially unacceptable to even think that that way of living is okay. Simon Amstell's new mockumentary Carnage is out now on BBC iPlayer and it explores a future where animals are seen as equal to humans. You may have heard of vegan films such as Cowspiracy or Earthlings, the former focusing on the environmental impact of consuming animal products and the latter showing harrowing slaughter house and hidden camera footage of animal testing facilities. As much as I adore them and credit them directly for convincing me to give up animal products, these films take a harsh approach and generally target those who aren't vegan or are ignorant to the cause with the intent of enlightening them. Carnage however, takes a different approach in convincing its audience of the benefits of veganism. It targets everyone. It works very subtly and uses comedy to address the fact that not all vegans are pushy. There are interjections of slaughterhouse footage, however that shouldn't be enough to put audience members off completely and the violence isn't on the level of Earthlings, which you'd need to be incredibly strong-willed to watch without either vomiting or crying. The film opens with scenes of a utopia in 2067, following a group of young people dressed and acting like stereotypical hippy vegans; feeding each other and frolicking about in a meadow. It's nice to see that vegans can also make fun of themselves as well as the carnists. We're also shown a support group for older people who used to eat meat and how they're now mentally and emotionally scarred from the experience.
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