The story seems to be unique to humans, but it happened to camels when recently, more than 40 camels were banned from participating in the $65 million annual beauty contest in Saudi Arabia after when dozens of children were found to have been injected with botox with beauty and muscle growth hormones.
This year, the judges used technologies specifically designed to weed out cheating camel breeders.
This photo, taken in 2018, shows camels at the annual Camel Festival beauty pageant held by King Abdel Aziz in Rum.
The judges were very fond of camels with well-defined lips. This is what made the cheaters think of using botox to pump the camel’s lips.
Not only is this unfair to other honest breeders, but it also risks serious injury to the camel. In early 2021, on the internet, a photo of a camel with a torn lip after being injected with botox to prepare to participate in another Saudi beauty contest.
Camels participate in Abdel Aziz’s annual Camel Festival in January 2018.
Fraudsters used cosmetic tricks that are applied to humans to fool the judges when the criteria for judging a beautiful camel included the shape of the head, neck, hump, clothing and ability to create. body.
Dozens of camels banned from Saudi beauty pageant because of Botox
This year, authorities discovered that dozens of camel breeders used tricks to stretch their lips and noses, use hormones to increase muscle, and inject botox into their camels’ heads and lips to make them bigger. inflate body parts with elastic bands, and use fillers (filters) to relax facial muscles.
“We aim to prevent all forgery and deceit in camel beautification,” the Saudi Press Agency said on Wednesday, adding that the organizers will ” impose severe penalties on those who commit fraud.”
Accordingly, fines for injecting fillers, Botox or hormones can be up to 100,000 riyals (equivalent to 27,000 USD) per camel. While braiding, tailing or killing a camel will result in a fine of 30,000 riyals ($8,000).
Hundreds of thousands of Saudis attend the Royal Camel Festival (pictured in 2018). Although it’s called a camel festival, it also hosts horse races, sales and other events, often involving thousands of camels.
Cars and people surround camels for auction right during the January 2020 festival.
There are also tents for tasting camel milk and viewing camel wool, and a planetarium showing Arabs riding camels through the desert as directed by the stars.