PETA Calls Out Ugliness of So-Called ‘Camel Beauty Pageant’ in Saudi Arabia

Published by Danny Prater.

Media outlets are reporting that camel breeders competing in a Saudi Arabian “camel beauty contest” injected camels with Botox and took other drastic and dangerous measures to alter their appearances. The entire idea of a camel beauty pageant is a farce, and subjecting any animal to a cosmetic procedure—such as ear cropping, declawing, dehorning, or filler injections—is cruel and shows the humans who use such tactics to be extremely ugly.

VIDEO: Camels’ Botox Injections Cause Trauma, Suffering

It’s speciesist to believe that a camel’s physical appearance should have anything to do with the treatment that he or she receives from humans. Camels are intelligent, sensitive animals, yet humans exploit them for entertainment, food, and other reasons. When used for food, camels are beaten, their milk is stolen, and they’re ultimately slaughtered for meat.

camels reportedly given Botox injections for saudi beauty pageant

No animal volunteers to take part in profit-driven events for human amusement. Animal welfare issues need to be addressed throughout the Middle East, India, and elsewhere, where camels are also forced to perform in circuses under the threat of whips and electric prods.

PETA is calling on compassionate tourists to avoid riding camels or any other animal. We’re also pressing authorities overseas to crack down on any event that exploits and abuses animals, including this contest, and to ban forcing camels, much-abused donkeys, and malnourished horses to give tourist rides.

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You can help camels and other animals who are beaten and whipped in the “Lost City” of Petra, Jordan. PETA makes it quick and easy to take action for animals using your phone or computer, so what are you waiting for? Get started now:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind