The organisers of a well-known camel beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia were amazed that about 43 camels have been disqualified for botox injections and other cosmetic fillers
This was the largest number of disqualifications since the beauty pageant began six years ago. In 2018, more than a dozen camels were suspended from the competition for similar reasons.
The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival is a 40-day festival held in the desert northeast of the capital, Riyadh.
Camel breeders from all over the country are attracted to this opportunity to show off their camels during the competition. Prize money of up to $66 million is offered to the winners.
Organisers have banned cosmetic fillers for the past few years they prefer the camels to participate in their true form and breed. They believe cosmetic fillers are also a form of animal cruelty.
The cosmetic fillers are an attempt to make the camels' lips hang more and their bumps bulge more. This usually creates a good impression among the judges.
Cosmetic surgery is usually revealed when the camels undergo physical and clinical examinations, such as X-rays.
According to the organisers, hefty fines face the offenders. In addition, they are prohibited from participating in any future competitions.