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Shark win on high street

Aug 9th, 2008 | By ssacn | Category: Other Conservation

The UK’s largest chain of health food stores is to stop selling shark cartilage capsules after more than 3,000 supporters of conservation group Bite-Back sent emails directly to Holland & Barrett’s head office calling for them to stop selling shark cartilage in their 550 stores.

The shark cartilage being sold by Holland & Barrett was extracted from the threatened spiny dogfish and priced at £16.99 for 100 capsules and marketed as a natural remedy for ailments including arthritis, joint problems and EVEN CANCER !.

‘Businesses profiting from the shark fishing industry are effectively endorsing an underwater genocide,’ said campaign director Graham Buckingham. ‘This is a perfect example of how Bite-Back supporters can help devalue a dead shark. We are grateful for Holland & Barrett’s decision and we’re confident it will have knock-on effects throughout the retail industry.’

For more information about Bite-Back, see the charity’s website www.bite-back.com.

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