Oct 15, 2012 / 7:04 pm
A British Columbia salmon farming company is appealing a judge's decision to dismiss a defamation case against an industry critic.
Mainstream Canada took British-born activist Don Staniford to court earlier this year over a 2011 campaign that included images of cigarette-like packages and statements such as "Salmon Farming Kills Like Smoking.''
Justice Elaine Adair dismissed the case in September, saying while Staniford's statements were defamatory and he was motivated by malice, the activist honestly believed in what he was saying and animosity wasn't his dominant purpose.
Mainstream Canada says in a release announcing the appeal that Adair's decision, if it stands, could compromise healthy debate on matters of public policy.
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