Dozens of camels in Saudi Arabia had been banned from competing in an annual magnificence pageant after pageant organizations found their breeders had injected them with Botox, the state-run information company reported.
Breeders from world wide are competing within the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, hoping to win the grand prize of greater than $66 million (250 million Saudi riyal).
At least 43 “enhanced” camels had been disqualified from the monthlong pageant, which kicked off final week on the outskirts of the capital metropolis, Riyadh, in response to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The pageant, which is in its sixth 12 months, will run by way of Jan. 12 and likewise contains camel racing.
Desired camel traits embrace elegant ears, massive noses, and a protracted neck and legs. The use of Botox, face and hump lifts, and different beauty enhancements are barred underneath the wonder pageant rules.
With the assistance of “specialized and advanced technology,” Saudi Arabia’s Camel Club, which is internet hosting the pageant, decided that breeders had used injections, gel implants, rubber bands, and hormones to inflate and modify the camels’ appearances. Organizers mentioned they’d “impose strict penalties on manipulators.”
“The club is keen to halt all acts of tampering and deception in the beautification of camels,” the SPA reported.