DENMARK: A radio station is defending a live show during which the host killed a baby rabbit by hitting it with a bicycle pump, saying it was intended to show the hypocrisy of animal lovers.
The host, Asger Juhl, killed the baby rabbit, called Allan, “according to careful instructions by a professional animal caretaker from a Danish zoo”, station 24/7 said. He later took the rabbit home, skinned it, and cooked it.
I killed a rabbit. It didn't suffer. I ate it. Why is that wrong? Simple question, can you answer? Regards, the Danish radio host.— Asger Juhl (@asgerjuhl) May 27, 2015
Monday’s show caused a storm on social media, with many Danes outraged. “They are sick. Euw! THEY should have a bicycle pump in their faces,” Facebook user Melissa Rod wrote of the radio show.
“We knew we would be accused of provocation,” the station said in a statement. “And yes, we indeed wanted to provoke the public and to stir a debate about the hypocrisy when it comes to perceptions of cruelty towards animals.”
I just battered a Danish DJ to death with a bicycle pump to show how terrible murder is.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 26, 2015
During the broadcast, the station provided details of the livestock industry in Denmark, where people are outnumbered by pigs for slaughter. It said Danes’ concern for animal welfare did not extend to the way animals are killed for their dining room tables.
It said: “These animals have often endured horrific suffering on their way to our dinner tables. These animals are killed according to the same controlled conditions as our studio rabbit, and without it invoking any strong reactions.”
USA: A man in need of a kidney donor is taking his search on the road in unusual fashion, with bright yellow letters taped to the rear window of his SUV.
The message on Neal Raisman’s silver-blue vehicle reads: “Got kidney? I need 1.” It includes a phone number for interested callers.
The Columbus Dispatch reports a similar message is taped on an SUV belonging to Raisman’s daughter, who lives not far from her father’s home in the Columbus suburb of Bexley. They took the SUV ad approach after Raisman’s relatives were ruled out as donors because of diabetes and other medical reasons.
“If the sign doesn’t work in one way, perhaps it will in another,” said Raisman, a former college president with expertise in the written word and in marketing. “The more front-facing I can get the issue, the greater the possibility that someone will be a donor, not only for me.”
The 67-year-old says he has heard from a few people, including one offering — illegally — to sell him an organ, but there’s no matching donor yet.
ENGLAND: A lucky football fan is heading to this weekend’s FA Cup Final at Wembley after picking up two tickets which had been fired into space.
George Lamb collected the tickets after they were launched on a large meteorological balloon from Wembley’s centre circle at 6am today.
The Football Association’s Twitter feed provided live updates of the balloon’s location using its GPS signal before it burst at a height of 18 miles (29km) and floated to the ground in Broad Oak on the Kent/East Sussex border.
Mr Lamb was the first person to reach the tickets, and is now looking forward to attending Saturday’s FA Cup Final clash between holders Arsenal and Aston Villa. He said: “When I woke up this morning, the idea of going to the FA Cup Final hadn’t crossed my mind. This will be my first time to Wembley and I’ve got butterflies at the prospect of it.”
Lucy Roberts-Hartley, marketing manager for the FA Cup, said: “This season’s competition has truly been one to remember — on and off the pitch... sending the final pair of tickets into space is a great way to finish the off-pitch adventure.”
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