More than 40 camels have been disqualified from a Saudi beauty pageant after dozens of the animals were given Botox, face lifts and muscle-boosting hormones.
The beauties were booted in one of the biggest ever crackdowns at the Abdulaziz Camel Festival where breeders compete for some £49 million in prize money.
Judges at the festival, hosted in the desert northeast of the capital Riyadh, said this year they are using ‘specialised and advanced’ technology to detect nip and tuck.
This file photo is from 2018, and shows Camels during the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival’s annual beauty contest. The judges favor camels that have well-defined lips. Cheaters use Botox to fix this.
The treatment is unfair to other breeders and could cause severe injuries for the camels. The video (pictured) shows a camel suffering from ruptured lips following its injection of Botox in a contest for beauty and health in Saudi Arabia.
Camels participating in the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in January 2018
The cosmetic techniques used by cheaters to fool the judges that award the prizes are based on their heads, necks or dress, as well as the postures of the camels.
The authorities found that many camel breeding companies had shaved the heads of hundreds of camels. They also used hormones to enhance their muscles.
The Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday that the club was determined to end all acts and deceptions in beautifications of camels.
This treatment is not only unfair to other breeders but also risks leaving camels suffering terrible injuries.
In August, footage went viral showing a camel suffering from ruptured lips following it being injected with Botox in another Saudi beauty contest.
Saudi Arabia’s royal camel festival attracts hundreds of thousands.
A permanent site has been built on top of the plateau to house the major events like races and shows.
It features an auction, where the best camels will be sold for millions of riyals.
You will find food stalls, souvenir shops and even a petting Zoo with the tallest and most diminutive camels in the world. There is also a museum that features life-size sand sculptures made of camels.
Saudi Arabia’s royal camel festival attracts hundreds of thousands. (Photo: 2018). Other festivities include races, sales, and celebrations that often feature thousands of dromedaries.
People and cars surround camels at the January 2020 festival auction
A planetarium shows how Arabs navigated camels through the desert, guided by stars.
The official Camel Club was established by Royal Decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
This extravaganza aims to keep the role of the camel in Bedouin culture and history intact, as well as modernizing mega-projects.
Camel breeding can be a lucrative industry worth millions of pounds. Similar events are held throughout the region.