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Norway preschool children sees reindeer slaughtered at farm

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017,  a child gets out of a truck filled with slaughtered reindeer in Henning, 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. (Granstubben Barnehage via AP)

    In this photo taken on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017, a child gets out of a truck filled with slaughtered reindeer in Henning, 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. (Granstubben Barnehage via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017,  a slaughtered reindeer is lifted into a truck, in Henning, 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. (Granstubben Barnehage via AP)

    In this photo taken on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017, a slaughtered reindeer is lifted into a truck, in Henning, 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. (Granstubben Barnehage via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017,  a child gets out of a truck filled with slaughtered reindeer in Henning, 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. (Granstubben Barnehage via AP)

    In this photo taken on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017, a child gets out of a truck filled with slaughtered reindeer in Henning, 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. (Granstubben Barnehage via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A preschool in Arctic Norway says that it brought a group of 5-year-old children to see the slaughter and skinning of reindeer at a nearby farm.

The preschool later posted online photos of the eight children looking at the carcasses. 

Dag Olav Stoelan, head of the Granstubben Barnehage preschool, said that Tuesday's outing was designed to teach the children about indigenous Sami who live in northern Norway — some of whom are involved in reindeer herding.

He told The Associated Press on Friday that "it is important to show where the meat comes from," adding "we will do it again."

Public dissections are common in Scandinavia. In Denmark, zoos have faced criticism for publicly dissecting animals in front of visitors, including children.