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RIYADH: A high-stakes camel magnificence pageant in Saudi Arabia has been hit by a dishonest scandal after 43 entrants have been disqualified for botox injections and different beauty enhancements.

The King Abdulaziz Camel Pageant is an annual bedouin occasion held within the desert northeast of Riyadh that lures breeders from across the Gulf with prize cash of as much as $66 million.

Organisers have lately cracked down on beauty enhancements, a malpractice that has thrived amid stiff competitors and regardless of heavy penalties.

The enhancements are made in a bid to make the camels’ lips droopier and their humps extra shapely — key attributes within the pageant.

“Forty-three camels have been disqualified after it was found they’d been tampered with,” the official Saudi Press Company stated on Thursday.

It was the biggest variety of disqualifications for the reason that magnificence contest was inaugurated six years in the past. In 2018, greater than a dozen camels have been barred.

Tampering is uncovered when camels bear bodily and medical examinations, similar to X-rays, to detect beauty surgical procedure that features the injection of botox, the information company reported.

“The authorities are eager that the camels stay and be introduced of their true type and breed,” a competition official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, informed AFP.

The official stated the observe of beauty enhancements on camels was thought of animal abuse.

“Violaters face hefty fines and are banned from taking part in future competitions,” the official added.

The 40-day competition, which ends mid-January, additionally options camel racing.

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