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More than 40 cheating camels have been disqualified from a Saudi beauty pageant after they had been given Botox, facelifts, and muscle-boosting hormones.
The animals were kicked out of the Abdulaziz Camel Festival, where breeders compete to win the £49 million prize pot.
In the festivals biggest crackdown yet, judges used ‘specialised and advanced’ technology to detect any touch-ups, MailOnline reports.
Breeders used cosmetic enhancements to alter the shape of the camels' heads, necks, humps, and postures in a bid to dupe judges at the event northeast of the capital Riyadh.
Authorities discovered dozens of breeders stretched camel lips and noses, used hormones to boost the beasts' muscles, injected camels' heads and lips with Botox to make them bigger, inflated body parts with rubber bands and used fillers to relax their faces.
Today, the Saudi Press Agency said: “The club is keen to halt all acts of tampering and deception in the beautification of camels.”
They added that organisers would 'impose strict penalties on manipulators’ as the treatment is unfair to honest breeders and can lead to horrific injuries for the animals.
Last August footage went viral of a camel with ruptured lips, pumped full of Botox for another beauty contest.
The government named a permanent venue to host the headline events such as races, competitions, and auctions – where top camels can fetch millions of riyals.
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This 'heritage village' has been expanded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who founded the official Camel Club by royal decree in 2017.
The extravaganza seeks to preserve the camel's role in the kingdom's Bedouin tradition and heritage, even as the oil-rich country ploughs ahead with modernising mega-projects.
Camel breeding is a multi-million-pound industry and similar events take place across the region.
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