But in Denmark, as elsewhere, rabbits are normal livestock.
That is, besides being popular companion animals, they are killed and eaten in Denmark. Denmark, in fact, produces 5,000 to 19,000 tons of rabbit meat per year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (The European Union produced 489,569 tons in 2012 alone.) They are also raised and slaughtered for fur, which is quite popular in Denmark, and they are hunted as well. As Danish animal rights group Anima shows, the conditions in which rabbits raised for fur live and die are horrific.
In all of these instances in which rabbits are killed, there is no outrage on behalf of the Danish public. The public was simply horrified at the killing of a single animal live, on air, by smashing his head in with a bicycle pump.
Do we really need to kill an animal in such a fashion to make a point that is already clear: people only care about animal deaths when they see them or are directly confronted by them.
Killing Allan will not help any of the "normal" livestock being killed each day in Denmark. Nor will it help the rabbits who are also killed in Denmark each day: for food, for fur, and for entertainment. In fact, both Allan's killing, and the radio station's response to the public anger, will only help to further obscure the fact that rabbits are already killed by the millions, for a variety of purposes, in Denmark and elsewhere, and will continue to be killed, regardless of Allan's death at Radio 24sy.