Norwegian school hit after kids see reindeer slaughtered
OSLO, Norway — A preschool in Arctic Norway is facing online criticism for taking 5-year-old children on an outing to view the slaughter and skinning of reindeer at a nearby farm.
The criticism erupted on Facebook after the school posted photos of eight children looking at reindeers, a culled animal hanging above a blood pool, a child dragging bloodied skins in the snow and snowsuitclad children tossing carcass bits into a container.
Dag Olav Stoelan, head of the Granstubben Barnehage preschool, says Tuesday’s day trip was designed to teach the children about the indigenous Sami who live in northern Norway and are often involved in reindeer herding.
“It is important to show where the meat comes from,” he said, adding, “We will do it again.”
The preschool has had previous outings to see pigs being slaughtered at other nearby farms.
Stoelan said once parents had agreed to let their children participate, preschool employees talked to the children about the farm before and after the outing. Teacher Therese Johnsen said none of the children had reacted negatively.
Negative reactions, however, did come on the school’s Facebook wall, where some people wrote that “the kindergarten is making sure we get more psychopaths among us” and “people who are killing animals are not far away to killing human beings.”