The 2017 BBC release is set 50 years in the future, after all Britain’s animals have been liberated from human control.
In passing the Bill of Animal Rights, Parliament has explicitly “criminalized the enslavement, breeding and killing of all animals, as well as the manipulation and consumption of anything coming out of one.”
So in one fell swoop — and after decades of public debate — Britain banned raising animals for any kind of food.
By 2067, the idea of consuming flesh has become shocking and vulgar. Young people don’t understand how their grandparents tolerated the factory-farm abuse of animals.
Meanwhile, their grandparents gather in weekly therapy sessions learning to forgive themselves for their youthful carnivorous sins. Dr. Yasmine Vondenburgen, author of The Guilt of Eating Your Brother, has categorized their personal torment as “a new psychological sickness.”
In a little more than an hour, Amstell’s film exposes the animal welfare, human health and environmental devastation issues caused by the meat and dairy industries, as just another evil chapter in the history of the world!
In the film’s most strikingly prophetic scene, a BBC announcer reports on the 2021 pandemic:
“876 people so far in London have died in what is dubbed Super Swine Flu, and maybe you are wondering, as I certainly am today, what else do you have in your kitchen that might kill you?”
But for the animals at least, the pandemic meant progress:
“New strict animal welfare laws were put in place. It was the end of intensive farming. Many animals saw sun for the first time in their lives!”
Without factory farms, the film shows the price of meat becoming too expensive for the average person.
“Now as the price of meat increased, if the people were not too scared to eat animals, they were often too poor.”
Until this year, I suspect, Carnage: Swallowing the Past may have struck some viewers as just another over-the-top comedy. But current events remove my doubt that it’s a hint of what is to come.