Saudi camel beauty pageant hit by cheating

Saudi camel beauty pageant hit by cheating

— AFP/File
— AFP/File

RIYADH: A high-stakes camel beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia has been hit by a cheating scandal after 43 entrants had been disqualified for botox injections and different beauty enhancements.

The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival is an annual bedouin occasion held within the desert northeast of Riyadh that lures breeders from across the Gulf with prize cash of as much as $66 million.

Organisers have lately cracked down on beauty enhancements, a malpractice that has thrived amid stiff competitors and regardless of heavy penalties.

The enhancements are made in a bid to make the camels’ lips droopier and their humps extra shapely — key attributes within the pageant.

“Forty-three camels were disqualified after it was discovered they had been tampered with,” the official Saudi Press Agency stated on Thursday.

It was the biggest variety of disqualifications because the beauty contest was inaugurated six years in the past. In 2018, greater than a dozen camels had been barred.

Tampering is uncovered when camels endure bodily and medical examinations, akin to X-rays, to detect beauty surgical procedure that features the injection of botox, the information company reported.

“The authorities are keen that the camels remain and be presented in their true form and breed,” a pageant official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, informed AFP.

The official stated the follow of beauty enhancements on camels was thought of animal abuse.

“Violaters face hefty fines and are banned from participating in future competitions,” the official added.

The 40-day pageant, which ends mid-January, additionally options camel racing.

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