SWEDEN -- A planned camel center in Angered in Gothenburg, has received funding of over SEK 1,5 million, and even though there is still no building permit given, money have already gone to the fence, trips abroad and imported camel milk.
The camel park in the center of Angered, Gothenburg, has already received the support of the Västra Götaland region, SVT News reports.
The initiator, Géza Nagy, believes that the project is primarily about integration, and it is intended to provide jobs for 20 people. He also has a vision of bringing the world to Angered.
- There is a huge interest for camels both in Sweden and abroad. We expect tourists from around the world, including from Japan and China, he says to GP.
Study tour to Kazakhstan
In the autumn of 2015, Angered camel center reported that the contribution and support money received, amounted to over one million Swedish crowns, which came among others from the city of Gothenburg and the Employment Service. In 2016 it got another half million in the form of integration funds.
- Politicians have been very positive about this. They really believe in our idea, says Nagy.
Nagy believes that more contributions will be needed, and even though the building permission has not been granted, representatives from the camel center have already gone on field trips to several countries, including Kazakhstan.
Camel milk is not approved as drugs
Camel milk has also been for sale. One of those who has been engaged in the activities is Malin Larsson, the Green Party Councillor in Skara.
Larsson believes that camel milk "cures" autism, and tuberculosis, diabetes, liver disease and Crohn's disease, which advertised on posters the center has put up.
- The milk helps with autism, says camel enthusiast Malin Larsson, who previously was engaged in the Facebook group "I want camel milk NOW".
The Food and Drug Administration, however, considers that the posters are illegal, as camel milk is not approved as a drug.
"So fu*king stupid"
As by many Swedes, the camel project has also been opposed by asylum entrepreneur Bert Karlsson, who calls it "so fu*king stupid," according to GP.
But Nagy remains optimistic, and says his camel-dream just needs more taxpayer contributions to to start generating money.
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