Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sad: Camel Beauty Contest Canceled

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has called off a camel beauty contest scheduled for later this month in the face of the mystery deaths of thousands of the animals that are a national icon in the desert kingdom.

The provincial governor for the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Khaled al-Faisal bin Abdel Aziz, took the decision in the face of the mounting death toll in a national herd estimated at 862 000 animals in 2005, the Al-Watan daily reported on Monday.