Churchill Downs Incorporated, the organizing body behind the Kentucky Derby, has announced that horses will no longer be disqualified for having plastic surgery.
Churchill Downs notes that last year, 12 camels were disqualified for plastic surgery at the King Abdulazi Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia. In explaining their decision, Churchill Downs stated, “Attitudes on a variety of issues are different in the United States. We decided to take an alternative path.”
Botox for camels is not new. ““They use Botox for the [camel’s] lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw,” Ali al-Mazrouei, whose father is a “top” camel breeder, told The National.”
“A full, droopy lip and large features are essential to achieving camel celebrity-status.” If same goes for horses, why not?
Churchill Downs notes that camels and horses are close cousins.
Unnamed sources claim Churchill Downs was pressured by a prominent horse owner to make the announcement. Allegedly, this owner did not want to face disqualification for his prized animal, as had happened in Saudi Arabia the year prior. Churchill Downs is denying external influence on their decision.
The Arabian Horse Registry of American has contested plastic surgery for horses since 1998 and has come out in criticism of Churchill Down’s decision. “In the unanimous view of the Registry’s Directors, Governing Members and professional staff, these practices should be condemned as an abuse of this noble animal.”
Happy April Fools. 😉