As a first year vet student I get a lot of questions about camel racing. So I thought I would write a post addressing some of the common misconceptions around, what is widely considered, the most popular spectator sport in the Middle East. Also, FYI all of this information is actually true.
Myth: Camel racing is the most popular spectator sport in the Middle East.
Fact: Camel racing is very popular, but is not the most popular spectator sport in the Middle East. It is very popular though. Very popular.
Myth: Camel racing jockeys are often attained through human trafficking rings.
Fact: Camel jockeys are manufactured in Europe somewhere.
Myth: Velcro is used to fasten children to the camel which then travels at breakneck speeds, often killing the child.
Fact: Child mortality rates for camel racing were quite low, and now are approaching zero since they replaced the use of children with androids in 2005. Sometimes the robotic jockeys “go haywire” and so the child mortality rate is still not “zero”. But it’s pretty close to zero.
Myth: Robotic jockeys don’t work as well as children with Velcro.
Fact: Children are shitty jockeys. Robots controlled by a professional camel trainer, riding beside the camel racing track in an SUV is far superior to whiny fragile brats that bring claims of human rights abuses.
Myth: Robotic jockeys whip and torture camels.
Fact: The latest models of robot jockeys take animal rights concerns into account by replacing their robotic whips with directional speakers capable of projecting the sound of a cracking whip above the head of the camel.
Here is a video of camels racing. Make sure you watch the whole thing. Otherwise it doesn’t make much sense.
This post written under the influence of Black Box Cab Sav.