A bill to ban the importation and exportation of shark fins received its second reading in the House last month. Bill S-238 was sponsored by Finn Donnelly, Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Conquitlam in BC. It was passed by the Senate last fall and is up against the clock to be passed before this session of Parliament is over and electioneering begins.

Today’s rabble radio interview is with two people who have been the driving force behind this bill, making it their personal mission to end shark finning. It’s a hopeful yet also a very sad story.  Brian Stewart and Sandra Campbell are continuing the life mission of their son, Rob Stewart, conservationist, activist and film maker. He completed two films which you’ve probably heard about –  Sharkwater (2006) and Revolution (2012) . These films which busted a lot of myths about sharks which have been promoted by films like Jaws and other pop culture scare stories. He was working on his third film, Sharkwater Revolution, in Florida when he drowned during a dive on January 31, 2017.

Brian and Sandra reflect upon their son’s legacy and their efforts to continue what Rob started.

You can read more about Rob Stewart, his work and his films here, as well as a listing of where you can see the three films.  You can also hear an interview on rabble.ca with Rob about his second film Revolution, dated August 23, 2013 on the Alternatives Podcast.

Image: Brian Stewart and Sandra Campbell. Used with permission.

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