I don’t know if any of you saw this mockumentary, but I wanted to talk about it today. It’s by the BBC and Simon Amstell. The film shows the “history” of veganism from 1944 to 2067 with the focus on people in the future trying to come to terms with their carnist pasts. The young people of 2067 don’t understand how people could have eaten animals, and this mockumentary explains the mind-set and attitudes of people regarding animals that helped with the exploitation of animals.
The movie is actually quite funny, starting with the portrayal of early vegans as absolute nut-cases, as is the usual portrayal. However, as the United Kingdom begins to deal with extreme weather due to global warming, the attitudes about veganism change. In case you didn’t know it, animal production is indeed one of the leading causes of climate change due to the cutting down of vast forested areas, and the huge amount of emissions from intensely factory-farmed animals.
In the movie, following the invention of a device that allows humans to hear the thoughts of the other animals, veganism goes mainstream, and by 2067 no one eats other animals. There are some video shown of factory-farming, however the clips are not nearly as graphic as some of the slaughter-house clips you can see on your own on YouTube.
I hope that many people watch this mockumentary which is available onYouTube and the BBC website. It’s engaging, funny and a wonderful way to present the facts without being “preachy”. I really hope that this makes a difference in people’s lives.