is in his senior year at the University of California in
the year 2065 which is 57 years after the revolutionary
Animal Welfare Act of 2008 which removed all meat from
the food chain in the United States.
One of the
last requirements for graduation is to produce a
philosophy thesis proving that the world is better off
today (in 2065) because of man’s wisdom. The thesis will
be presented to his classmates over several days of
one-hour speeches. Bradford decides to provide a
comprehensive presentation that will explain how much
better off the world is today simply because of kindness
to animals. Bradford has enormous compassion for animals
and is well educated regarding current conditions of
animal welfare. However he knows very little about the
cruelty that was perpetrated against animals before
his brilliant and beautiful wife to be, Alyssa, Brad
decides to observe films depicting the horrors of the
worst kind of animal cruelty.
Brad begrudgingly views outrageous and gut wrenching
films that vividly and explicitly show the grotesque
massacre of large numbers of precious animals in
slaughterhouses and in laboratories. Most evenings end
with Brad dozing off into a fantasy dream world of
horror. He always seems to find himself in a pastoral
setting driving down a country road on a beautiful day.
Then the scene suddenly changes to frightening mind
flashes of animals being tortured and killed. Brads
nightmares are far too real and begin to tear him apart
conscious hours in the present, Brad tries to think of
ways he can stop the carnage he sees in his dreams.