Dozens Of Camels Tossed From Saudi Arabia Beauty Contest Over Botox Injections
Dozens Of Camels Tossed From Saudi Arabia Beauty Contest Over Botox Injections

Saudi authorities have conducted their biggest-ever crackdown on camel beauty contestants that received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday, with over 40 camels disqualified from the annual pageant.”

ompeting for prize money of $66 million, the owners injected Botox into the camels’ lips, nose, jaws, and head, used collagen fillers to enlarge their lips and noses, and utilized hormones to encourage muscle growth.

The owners even relied tactics like rubber bands, which they strategically placed on the animals to restrict blood flow, thus making certain body parts seem bigger than normal.

Judges came across the widespread cheating during an inspection of the camels. The animals were first evaluated for their appearance and their movements before they underwent a more thorough examination.

At that point, the camels were examined with X-rays and 3D ultrasound. Judges also took samples from the camels for a variety of other tests, including genetic analyses.

Thus, they found that dozens of the camels were not exactly as they appeared to be. After judges dismissed 43 camels for Botox and other tampering.

For injecting fillers, Botox, or hormones, some owners had to pay as much as 100,000 riyals ($27,000) per camel. Meanwhile, owners who had braided, cut, or colored a camel’s tail had to pay 30,000 riyals ($8,000).

Subjecting any animal to a cosmetic procedure, from ear cropping to declawing, dehorning, and filler injections, is hideously cruel,” said Jason Baker, senior vice-president of PETA Asia.

Calling the beauty contest a “cruel farce,” he added that the cheating in this year’s competition “shows the humans who use such tactics to be extremely ugly.”

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