Individuals will face a wild decision on a new British reality show that is set to release in 2020. Meat the Family will have families adopt an animal, care for it as if it was their own, and then decide if they will go vegetarian...or kill their new pet.
The idea behind producing this show is to try and resolve the debate around how families can cuddle with their dogs but still choose to eat meat. "Why do we find it acceptable to eat a lamb but we wouldn’t eat our pet dog? Could you go back to meat once you’ve put a name and face to a meal?" said Daniela Neumann, head of Spun Gold, the company that makes the show.
In the first episodes of the series, the animals in question will be a lamb, a pig, a chicken, and a calf, as reported by The Guardian. These animals were chosen to reflect the type of meat that each family eats most frequently.
Four families will take in a new animal as a pet for three whole weeks and people will watch it all unfold on Channel 4. Once this period is over, they must decide if they are going to stop eating meat or send their pet to slaughter...in which case they'll be asked to cook and eat it.
The goal is to show the reality of what animals go through from farm to table. This all sounds very morbid, but Neumann reassures that the show will have some "heart-warming" themes, too.
...And if Meat the Family really does convince you to hop on that vegan lifestyle, we'll be here to help you find all the best meatless recipes.
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