Camels Disqualified From Beauty Contest for Botox Use

( – For women, there are the Miss USA and Miss America pageants; for our furry canine friends, the premier exhibition is held by the Westminster Kennel Club every year. In Saudi Arabia, they hold the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival.

During the camel contest, all of the contestants (or the owners in this case) seek to enhance the animals’ best … assets. However, this year’s search for the ideal “ship of the desert” outside of Riyadh devolved into something like a reality TV show that could hypothetically be called “Oasis Outrage.”

Festival officials using “advanced technology” disqualified 43 of the beauty pageant contestants because they were given Botox injections or plastic surgery procedures to get them over the hump towards camel perfection. One could legitimately ask, why would anybody go to such lengths? This year there are 66 million reasons, as in the number of American dollars that will be divvied up from the prize fund among award winners.

Not only will the breeders of these beautiful beasts forfeit any chance at taking home a cut of that money in their khorjin — the Persian word for a double saddlebag — they’ll be going home with their bank accounts a bit smaller. Violating this rule can incur a fine of up to $27,000 per camel.

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