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February 6, 2017

Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States mourn loss of Rob Stewart

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Stewart was a recipient of The Humane Society of the United States’ 2008 Genesis Award for best documentary for “Sharkwater.” John Stublar/istock

Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States are mourning the loss of renowned Canadian filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart, who was found dead following a deep sea scuba dive off the Florida Keys.

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada, stated the following: "Our organizations are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Rob Stewart and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Rob was one of the world's top advocates for marine animals, awakening the public to the cruel and ecologically devastating shark fin trade and so many other pressing issues affecting animals and our environment. His message of urgency and hope helped achieve critical legislative reforms that have saved countless marine animals from a horrible fate. Rob dedicated his life to inspiring change-making action through his organization, United Conservationists, and through his films, "Sharkwater", "Revolution," and the upcoming "Sharkwater 2: Extinction." We can all carry his mission forward by watching and sharing his films and their messages.”

Humane Society International is calling upon the Canadian government to honour Rob Stewart by fulfilling his wish for a national ban on trade in products of shark finning.

Stewart was a recipient of The Humane Society of the United States’ 2008 Genesis Award for best documentary for “Sharkwater” - Watch it for free on Vimeo.

Facts:

  • Rob Stewart was an award winning wildlife photographer, filmmaker, conservationist and educator. He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.
  • Rob was one of the many Canadians calling upon the federal government to ban the shark fin trade.
  •  In November 2011, Fin Donnelly, MP, introduced Bill C-380, which would prohibit the import of shark fins into Canada. The bill was narrowly defeated at second reading. It had unanimous support from both the NDP and Liberals.
  • Eighty one percent of Canadians support a shark fin ban (Environics Research Group, 2013).
  • Seventeen Canadian municipalities have banned the sale of shark fin products and, in 2012, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities passed a near-unanimous resolution calling on the federal government to ban the import of shark fins into Canada.

Media contact: Christopher Paré – o: 514 395-2914 x 206, c: 438 402-0643, cpare@hsi.org

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