Dozens of camels barred from Saudi beauty contest over Botox
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Dozens of camels barred from Saudi magnificence contest over Botox

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi authorities have performed their biggest-ever crackdown on camel magnificence contestants that obtained Botox injections and different synthetic touch-ups, the state-run Saudi Press Company reported Wednesday, with over 40 camels disqualified from the annual pageant.

Saudi Arabia’ widespread King Abdulaziz Camel Competition, which kicked off earlier this month, invitations the breeders of essentially the most lovely camels to compete for some $66 million in prize cash. Botox injections, face lifts and different beauty alterations to make the camels extra engaging are strictly prohibited. Jurors determine the winner based mostly on the form of the camels’ heads, necks, humps, gown and postures.

Judges on the monthlong competition within the desert northeast of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, are escalating their clamp down on artificially enhanced camels, the official information company reported, utilizing “specialised and superior” expertise to detect tampering.

This 12 months, authorities found dozens of breeders had stretched out the lips and noses of camels, used hormones to spice up the beasts’ muscle groups, injected camels’ heads and lips with Botox to make them larger, inflated physique components with rubber bands and used fillers to loosen up their faces.

“The membership is eager to halt all acts of tampering and deception within the beautification of camels,” the SPA report mentioned, including organizers would “impose strict penalties on manipulators.”

The camel magnificence contest is on the coronary heart of the large carnival, which additionally options camel races, gross sales and different festivities usually showcasing 1000’s of dromedaries. The extravaganza seeks to protect the camel’s position within the kingdom’s Bedouin custom and heritage, even because the oil-rich nation plows forward with modernizing mega-projects.

Camel breeding is a multimillion-dollar trade and comparable occasions happen throughout the area.

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