They were trying to embellish their beloved female hump.
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More than 40 camels were booted from a Saudi Arabian beauty pageant after administering Botox, hormones and other appearance-enhancing techniques. This is the biggest action in the history of the competition.
The Saudi Press Agency said of the dromedary disqualification that took place at the annual Abdulaziz Camel Festival near Riyadh, saying, “The club is keen to stop all acts of deceit and manipulation in the beautification of camels, where breeders compete for approximately $66 million ” prize money, The Washington Post reported. The camels themselves are judged on the size of their head, neck, hump, dress and posture – the camel is considered the Westminster Dog Show equivalent.
To enhance the faces of their camels, dozens of breeders reportedly had stretched lips and noses, pumped up hormone-filled dromedary muscles and tried to enlarge their heads with Botox – a substance known to have been used in camel competitions. has been banned in the past. obstruction. Other functional measures included inflating body parts with rubber bands and using fillers to relax their faces.
These cosmetic hacks were not only inappropriate to competitors, but they could potentially injure animals. A gruesome clip from August showed how a camel cracked its lips after injecting Botox for another beauty pageant.
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According to Wapo, pageant judges improved their camel-tampering detection techniques, including employing “advanced” technology to bust fraudsters.
The beauty pageant is part of a month-long royal camel festival, which features camel races, a petting zoo with the world’s tallest and smallest camels, museums and other camel-related activities featuring thousands of desert-dwelling animals. Bash, which is attended by hundreds of thousands of Saudis, even boasts a planetarium showing how Arabian camel riders roam the desert following the stars, Daily Mail reported.
Though it sounds bizarre, the event aims to preserve the Bedouin camel-breeding tradition – a multimillion-dollar industry – amid Saudi Arabia’s oil-fueled modernization drive.
This is not the first time the competition has busted a camel breeder for employing restricted beautification techniques. A dozen animals were disqualified in 2018 after handlers used Botox to make them more beautiful.