Danish radio station's rabbit execution sparks angry backlash

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By Euronews
Danish radio station's rabbit execution sparks angry backlash

A row has broken out in Denmark after a radio presenter took a baby rabbit and killed it live on air.

The host, Asger Juhl, said it was to highlight the hypocrisy of animal lovers.

Some critics thought it simply a publicity stunt for the station, Radio 24syv.

An animal rights campaigner invited into the studio for a debate reportedly tried and failed to save the rabbit when she realised the plan.

The presenter said he had taken expert advice from a Danish zoo before striking the rabbit twice on the neck with a bicycle pump. He claimed to have consulted a zookeeper who kills baby rabbits to feed to snakes.

Juhl added that he later took the rabbit home, skinned and cooked it for a meal with his children.

The exercise provoked an angry backlash that the station thoroughly expected.

In a statement published on Facebook, the radio station drew a comparison with the livestock industry in Denmark, where pigs for slaughter are said to outnumber people.

Such animals endured horrific suffering on the way to the dinner table, it said, without provoking strong reactions.

What was needed was a debate about animal welfare – for ALL animals, it concluded.