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February 23, 2019 - The Vegan Authority


'Casa De Carne': The disconnect carnists have with food and animals

'Casa De Carne': The disconnect carnists have with food and animals
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Casa de Carne (Meat House) is a powerful film, where diners must personally slaughter the animals they wish to eat, that is sure to challenge anybody not already vegan to make the change to cruelty-free living.

The two-minute film, produced by the non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals (LCA), won the first place Tarshis Short Film Award at the 2019 Animal Film Festival.

Set in a in a fictitious restaurant where customers have to kill their own food, the two minute film, is about "hard choices and hidden truths", says writer and director Dustin Brown.

In the film, Eric, the featured human, goes to Casa de Carne for a meal with a few friends. After ordering ribs, he is then escorted to a room at the back of the restaurant, given a knife and confronted with a pig he is supposed to kill.

Unable to kill the pig; Eric pets the animal instead. But is then horrified when the chefs slaughter the pig for him and looks upon the resulting meal served to him with horror and dread, raising the omnipotent question: What if you had to kill the animals you eat?

Filmmaker Dustin Brown shares:

"I’d like this film to make people think and question their everyday reality. Now more than ever, we need stories that expand our circle of empathy and allow us to see the world through a more compassionate lens. It’s easy to use our differences as starting points for conflict: different race, different religion, different country… different species. And yet, we’re all sharing this planet. Our similarities far outweigh our differences."

The film highlights the disconnect people have between the food they eat and the animals it came from by creating this face-to-face connection. Hopefully making anyone seeing the film have a change of heart and mind and pursue a plant-based lifestyle. Many people, in fact, could not eat meat if they personally had to kill the animals, according to a survey of over 2,500 carnivores by Cherry Digital. They found that nearly tho-thirds of woman and one-third of men admitted that they could not kill their own meat.

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation. They opposes the use of animals in food and clothing production, scientific experimentation, and entertainment and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings, believing that animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons.

View the Casa de Carne video.


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