Kimi B Ley

From life as a beach bum scuba instructor in a bounty ad., to the joys of englandshire-upon-sewageville...Hugs and I'll blow some bubbles for ya

Friday, May 30, 2008

Holland and Barrett are selling shark products!

A close friend of mine, Keith Muncie has just returned to the UK, and in his local Holland and Barrett health store, found they are selling products made from Sharks, specifically cartilage.

By stocking this Holland and Barrett are giving a psychological acceptance to the slaughter of our sharks, not to mention actively indulging in the trade. He complained to the manager and emailed them.

Holland and Barretts reply was:

“Holland & Barrett takes the threat and welfare to endangered species very seriously and would not be selling any product that contained a by product of an endangered species of shark which is listed on the World conservation Union's Red List of Threatened Species.”

“Shark cartilage is a hugely popular dietary supplement used by thousands of our customers. It is taken by customers who say that it benefits their health with ailments such as arthritis. There is also clinical evidence that back up such claims, which suggest that the shark cartilage product combats pain relief of debilitating conditions such as Osteoarthritis.”

Hmmmmm !

A huge UK based store selling products made from shark fins? Over 200 million sharks are slaughtered every year, just for their fins, so stores like Holland and Barrett can increase profits. The live shark is usually thrown overboard to die a slow and painful, finless death. Pointless!

Please take a few minutes, like Keith suggested to me, to email H&B to express you utter disgust, protest to your local stores, anything to get the point across. Lets take some action, try and make a difference. It just takes a minute or two, send an email, please. We all love to see Sharks but every year their numbers decline.


Also pass this on to as many people who might find this interesting.

Lets do our bit to help
Many thanks

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Klong Thom: Hot Springs

Jon and I recently headed off for a wee holiday from Phi Phi. We collected his trusty stead from Krabi town and decided to roadtrip round to Ko Lanta catch up with some friends, eat some different food and then roadtrip back. Our first stop was about half way round at the Hot Springs in Klong Thom, and after an hour on the back of that bike it was more than welcome!!!


Nui Beach Ko Lanta

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Lanta Old Town

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Chang (Elephant)

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The Emerald Pool "Sra Morakot" Klong Thom

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Krabi : Boat racing

In these photos you can see Khao Khanap Nam, the 100m high hills rising from the water and the symbol of Krabi. If you look to the left of these hills you can just make out Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple - look for the golden pagoda), one of Thailand's most famous forest Wats, 1272 steps up to the top of a karst hill surrounded by 1000 year old dipterocarps. Jon and I reached the temple grounds at just about the hottest part of the day so didn't attempt the climb on this occassion, but did receive blessings from one of the thai nun's there in the complex.

Jon and I were fortunate enough to arrive back into Krab town on one of the boat racing days.