"The horrors of that human trafficking left a scar for the sport that lingers even now, 12 years after the practice was officially banned in the U.A.E. Some owners said quietly that they still might prefer to have human jockeys — though none would say so publicly — but a majority, perhaps recognizing the troubling perception of having children ride animals that stand 6 feet tall and can run up to 40 miles per hour, unabashedly praised the technology now widely used instead: robots."
Full story AT New york times here.
Just take a look at the pictures in the article. The juxtaposition of the ancient sport of camel racing and the futuresque robotic camel jockeys is just striking.