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When cows are chosen as beauty queens, bulging udders are seen as the ultimate attraction. But some dairy farmers are resorting to unfair means – much to the chagrin of the animals themselves. The Swiss authorities have now responded and have prohibited the straightening or blocking of the teats with glue. Ever more elaborate means are nevertheless being used to enhance the natural beauty of beasts. In Saudi Arabia, for example, around a dozen camels were banned from participating in the «Miss Camel» contest: their owners were accused of having injected their animals with neurotoxins such as Botox and collagen. Plump lips and a big nose are intended to sway the jury – while the prize money of several million dollars is also an obvious reason for doing this. Perhaps such practices will soon be visited upon cattle too?

 

Sources and further information:

www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/saudi-camel-beauty-festival-12-entrants-disqualified-for-botox-use-1.698068, www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/standard/Bis-das-Euter-beinahe-platzt/story/10174510 (de)

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