Baby rabbit killed at Danish radio station ignites harsh criticism

Has animal right’s protests gone too far?

A baby rabbit, named Allan, was beaten to death with a bicycle pump on air live at Danish radio station, Radio24syv, with the intention to show the hypocrisy made by meat eaters, the Huffington Post reports.

Although radio hosts Asger Juhl and Kristoffer Eriksen said the rabbit was slaughtered humanely, it has sustained rough criticism.

Juhl reportedly skinned the beaten rabbit with his children and later cooked it as rabbit stew with his family and co-host Eriksen, thelocal.dk reports.  

“We wanted to expose the vast hypocrisy surrounding our relationship with animals. So far we have succeeded,” the Radio24syv wrote on it's Facebook page.

Radio24syv also wanted to expose the poor conditions animals face in Denmark’s agricultural sector, according to thelocal.dk.  But special guest reality star and animal rights activist, Linse Kessler, disagreed with their plans and chased the radio hosts around the studio to try and save the rabbit. She was asked to leave afterwards.

“I could see that the message is actually for the best of animals but I think it is wrong,” Kessler said in a video clip on her Facebook page.

While rabbits are a standard food choice in European countries, it is controversial in the United States.  Most rabbits are seen as pets for Americans and a boycott was made against Whole Foods last year when it sold rabbit as one of their meat selections, according to the Huffington Post.

Author of the humane slaughter guide “Butchering”, Adam Danforth, writes that an inexperienced butcher can make “repeated blows” to the head of a rabbit which can lead to suffering and “an ineffective and inhumane stun.”

“Every day in the nation of Denmark, thousands and thousands of animals are put down to hill the meat counters in our super markets. Animal welfare does not seem to apply to animals in the food industry,” the station wrote.

Read the full story at huffingtonpost.com and thelocal.dk

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