A dozen camels banned from Saudi beauty pageant for Botox use－12隻駱駝因使用肉毒桿菌而遭禁止參加沙國選美
A dozen beasts have been disqualified from this year’s Saudi "camel beauty contest"because their handlers used Botox to make them more handsome.
"The camel,"explained the chief judge of the show, Fawzan al-Madi, "is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime.”
For the Bedouin of Arabia, nothing is more essential than the camel, used for centuries for food, transport, as a war machine and companion.
So, the authorities have ramped up the country’s annual month-long camel festival, which was relocated last year from the remote desert to the outskirts of the capital. On a rocky desert plateau, the government has erected a permanent venue to host the headline events： races and show competitions with combined purses of 213 million riyals.
The pavilion features an auction where top camels can fetch millions of riyals.（Reuters）