A camel beauty pageant in Saudia Arabia has had 12 camels ejected after it emerged they had used Botox. The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival is an annual celebration of the camel which holds a significant presence in the nation’s culture.
“The camel is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime,” said the chief judge when discussing the competition, which is taken pretty seriously by those involved. The winner of Miss Camel takes home $30 million or £21.4 million so there’s a lot of reasons to cheat. For this reason the rules are pretty strict.
“Camels that are found with drugs in lips, shaved, dyed in any parts of the body, or with changes from natural form are not allowed,” the rules read with regards to modifying the camel.
There’s no word on what will happen to the people responsible for using Botox on their camels beyond their disqualification but we have to wonder if the process could ever be considered safe or ethical when used on animal and if so, will there be any punishment?
The festival is currently being expanded in order to demonstrate the current regime’s appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s culture and traditions while it simultaneously pushes through some of the most radically progressive changes to the country in decades. The first cinema opened for the first time in its history just last month and that followed changes to the law that allow women to drive.