COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Danish radio station has faced a storm of angry protests after two of its hosts claimed they clubbed a young rabbit to death on air with a bicycle pump.

Co-host Kristoffer Eriksen from public broadcaster Radio24syv said the stunt was aimed at initiating a debate about “the vast hypocrisy surrounding our relationship with animals.”

The other host of the show, Asger Juhl, said on air that the rabbit twitched several times before quietly dying, describing the experience as “totally weird.”

In a video posted by the radio channel on its Facebook page, Juhl is seen picking up a smooth, gray-haired rabbit from a cardboard box next to the microphone table, caressing it and saying he’s about to kill it. The video did not show the killing.