Vegans sometimes get a bad name for themselves, as they are often seen as radical, preachy people, but Simon Amstell’s new feature length documentary may just change this perception. How? By delivering the hard truth, akin to the kind of things you would see in Earthlings or Cowspiracy, but in a ‘mockumentary’ style.
The film, set in a Utopian future where the world is vegan, is spattered with famous faces, which just goes to show how far the vegan message is spreading. Not only this, but the film was produced for the BBC, one of the largest broadcasters in the world. There has been a rise in the number of vegans by a massive 350% in the last decade, and with such large platforms promoting the message this is likely to continue.
What I love most about the film is that it pokes fun at everyone, meat-eaters and vegans alike, which is important when there is often a divide. The best way, in my opinion, to promote the vegan message is to not preach to others, condemning their actions, but to simply let people know what truly happens to the animals they eat before it arrives on their plate. Many people often feel alienated from the vegan movement, seeing it as expensive, unobtainable and elitist which are all common misconceptions, and I think this film debunks them myths well as it uses comedy, which is a medium that often unites rather than segregates.
While veganism isn’t an attractive option for many, Carnage looks to the future, showing that if we ignore issues now, things could get a whole lot worse. Animal agriculture is a prominent culprit causing climate change, and if people can learn this in a lighthearted way, rather than it being shoved down their throats using hard facts, it might just evoke the change that is required to avoid a catastrophic disaster.