Camel Race – Young Camel JockeyIntroductionLeisure time is spent in different ways. One the commonest way that is preferred is through sports. There are a variety of sports that individuals are fond of depending on the cultural background; as it defines their practices. Camel race has been practiced for many decades. It is a port that has especially expounded and grown in the Middle East. Dubai has become a tourist destination for those people interested in watching the camel races. This sport is widespread through the United Arab Emirates and the countries found in the region.
(University of Michigan 235)This paper seeks to examine the issues and controversy arising as a result of using these very young jockeys. It aims at finding out the parties responsible and the reactions to use of these young jockeys. The paper will also examine, in depth, the role of the government and the international society in matters surrounding this dilemma. The paper also seeks to analyze the legal and business factors surrounding the issue. This will help in the formulation of possible solutions to this outstanding ethical issue.
The paper will also explore the stakeholders in this dilemma, how they are affected and the consequences in regards to the matter. History of the camel racing sportCamel racing is a traditional sport for many of the countries in the Middle East. It is a pass time activity that has grown over the years. From the time when it began, camel racing became a reality through the use of camel jockeys to control the camels. It was not until recently when human rights organizations protested against the use of young jockeys that the sport is enabled through the use of robots.
Camel racing is held in the desert. Specifically, it is held in Al-Hij in Dubai. This is because the town is isolated. As such, there is enough space to enable the race to take place. Camels are able to race at a speed of approximately 60km/h. the camel races are especially held during the winter season. The race takes place between the months of October and April. As a traditional practice, camel racing was held only during festivities like weddings.
However, this has changed with the building of customized tracks throughout the UAE. It is no longer an informal practice but has become a luxurious leisure time activity. It has been a tourist attraction that many people around the world travel to witness. The camel races have become national events attended by the presidents and other leaders in the UAE. The events are marked by awards given to the jockeys and the camel owners. They are given gifts which include luxurious cars, gold swords and cash prizes.
The races are held in Abu Dhabi and at Nad Al Sheba Camel Race Course in Dubai City. The Issue or DilemmaControversy rises in regards to the young jockeys that are used to ride the camels. This is given the fact that these boys are as young as four years. The greatest danger posed is the risk that these young boys are exposed to during these races. In the past years, these young boys were usually drawn from within the United Arab Emirates. However, with the tremendous developments and economic growth experienced in the region, parents and society at large began understanding the value of education.
This implied that the young boys who would usually be trained to be jockeys were now enrolled in schools. However, this did not imply that the camel races came to an end. (Paulo 78).