When asked whether the practice of using young boys as camel jockeys still exists, a spokesman for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in Washington said on March 4, "I don't think so because we have laws to regulate the whole camel racing industry." But when pressed to explain why both Pakistan and Sudan claim boys from their countries are still being used, he said, "I don't know where these boys go. I am not a big fan of camel racing, but I know we have had discussions, and the UAE did what is right. It put laws into effect that control the age and weight of camel jockeys. Before a camel jockey can enter a race, he must be a certain weight and a certain age, and this makes sure no kids are involved, so that youth cannot be taken advantage of."