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24 Enero 2018 16:17
Twelve camels have been disqualified from Saudi Arabia’s annual camel beauty contest after receiving botox injections to plump up their lips.
The King Abdulaziz camel festival was relocated from the desert to the outskirts of the capital, Riyadh, this year in an attempt to beef up the event. It has also been subject to scrutiny after the promise of $31.8million in prize money tempted some owners to cheat.
Camel beauty is judged on delicate ears and fulsome snouts. But there are strict rules against the use of drugs in the lips, or shaving or clipping body parts. This year, a dozen camels were banned after a vet was caught performing plastic surgery on them.
Camels were also given Botox-type injections at his clinic, according to local media reports. ‘They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw,’ Ali al-Mazrouei, the son of an Emirati camel breeder, told the UAE newspaper, National.
‘It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it’s like, ‘Oh, look at how big that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.”’
Following his decision to ban the twelve camels, chief judge of the show, Fawzan al-Madi, told Reuters: ‘The camel is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime.'