Simon Mulvany Legal Defence Fund

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Raised by 556 people in 9 months
In February 2016, Capilano Honey Limited, a public company listed on the ASX, instituted proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales against Simon Mulvany, a Victorian beekeeper and “savethebees” blogger.

Ben McKee, who is the chief executive officer of Capilano sues Simon for defamation. Capilano, the public company,sues him for injurious falsehood and misleading or deceptive conduct.

According to Simon, consumers are becoming more aware of the health risks and environmental damage caused by chemical-laden foods and place a premium on foods that are free of contaminants or artificial chemicals. This in turn leads to Australian consumers preferring food produced locally or at least in Australia over that produced in some other countries.

Similarly, food manufacturers such as Capilano try to capitalise on these consumer preferences and use terms such as “Australian” “Organic” “Pure,” “100% Pure,” “Pure and natural honey”, “Australian since 1953” and “100% pure Australian honey”. Whether Capilano’s honey can fairly be so described is highly relevant to this litigation.

Simon is currently restrained from being able to participate openly in this legitimate public discussion or to say much more about Capilano and Ben McKee than is set out here. This may change as the Supreme Court is currently reviewing the nature of the restraints Simon is under whilst these proceedings are in progress.

In May 2017, Simon was ordered to take down his earlier crowd funding platforms which raised around $23,000 and enabled him to defend himself up to then with his first legal team.

Today, 7 August 2017, eighteen months after first being sued and with a robust legal team coalescing around him, Simon asks for your further support by donating to help with the costs of defending himself and pay for:

1. Comprehensive testing of the safety, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability and purity of Capilanofood products including;
a. Authenticity;
b. Antibiotic residues;
c. Bee treatments and pesticides;
d. Bee repellents and fumigants;
e. GMO and further residues;
f. Microbiology (E.coli ,AFB etc..)
2. Expert legal team including senior and junior solicitors and paralegals, junior counsel and eminent senior counsel; and
3. Travelling and related costs for Simon to instruct his legal team and stand before the Court (including administration costs).

If Simon raises more than needed, he will donate the remainder to Discoverme software company to continue to develop and market the global honeymap/app https://goo.gl/5Av8vo

AHBIC for their relentless campaign to ban imported honey in Australia and some inspiring women who have been giving up their time freely to educate children around Australia at schools and kindergartens about the importance of bees. Sarah Hamilton (Qld) , Ana Martin(NSW) Vanessa Hoo(SA), Emily Forrest(Vic) and Elissa Dannock (Vic)

We thank you for your support!

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Capilano corporate thuggery.

Capilano Honey may have delivered the lowest blow in Sydney Supreme Court history yesterday. Capilano commenced strategic contempt proceedings only minutes before the court in a underhanded attempt to keep the litigation in Sydney. Capilano served the notice of motion via email.
The judge ‍⚖️ was noticeably disappointed at the timing of the motion and granted me until Wednesday evening to write submissions in relation to what Australians will see as the misuse of court process.
Verbally Capilano’s SC Sandy Dawson announced to judge the words I commonly use in posts “Honey Laundering “ breached previous court orders. The judge queried whether the term honey laundering was in breach of previous orders. I explained honey laundering in this case refers to Capilano Ltd importing and blending Chinese honey with Australian honey and selling it domestically and overseas.
Australian’s are disgusted at corporate bullies and it will be hard for them ever to forgive #CapilanoHoney after this.
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Today Tonight
We exposed it once before now it's happened again.

Imported polluted honey poisoning the local industry and putting the public's health at risk, and once again our authorities are sitting their hands.

Ashley Modra, a third generation bee keeper from Gawler says while he's struggling to make ends meet, supermarket shelves are being loaded with suspect cheap imports mixed with local product.

"They bring in honey in from overseas, and using Australian honey, blending it, selling it back out the country as Australian honey at times," says Asley.

And that is where the rot set in four years ago. Our exported honey bearing the Australian name was found to be contaminated with the illegal antibiotic nitrofuran by the Canadians and instantly withdrawn from sale.

Lawyer and former chief food examiner Des Sibraa was alarmed to discover nitrofurens also present in locally sold honey but Australian authorities Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, took no action.

"They should have instigated... selling it," says Des.

Not only has this left consumers uncertain about the safety of the local product it is also undermining the local industry.

And through no fault of their own the Australian honey producers now find themselves facing oblivion. Lindsay Burke is a beekeeper who heads up the Australian Honeybee Industry Council.

"The Australian Honeybee Industry produces $80m worth of honey a year and beside that we pollinate $4billion worth of Australia's crops," explains Lindsay.

But here's the really disturbing news... Today Tonight has just obtained evidence that yet another illegal antibiotic has shown up in honey tested in June. This time, it's chloramphenicol which is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen"

Yet once again our food authorities are unmoved by these finding saying...
"FSANZ does not consider that chloramphenicol residues in honey pose a high risk to public health and safety."

But the dangers that lurk in our honey jars pose a vastly more sinister threat than most consumers appreciate. There are other contaminants in the imports that have the potential to devastate our entire bee population.

The flow on from the decimation of the industry is as obvious as the lesson about the birds and bees.

"It's the most important agriculture industry that we have in Australia. Without bees, we wouldn't have food," says Lindsay.

Lindsay wants immediate action. Currently only 5% of imported honey is tested for impurities.

"We would like to change that to enable them to completely ban the product from coming here or doing 100% testing. If an importer wants to bring this sort of product into the country, at least they should be paying for it," he says.

Ashley Modra says he and beekeepers like him don't have much time to wait.

"Drought and the constant threat of imported diseases, combined with any drop in consumer confidence, might prove to be too much for many in the industry�. it's real upsetting, but what can you do? The government's always like, 10 years behind the eight-ball."

"The only way we can really get ahead is stopping the imports of the honey and make our product go up more. It's the best, more or less in the world, i'd say. So why isn't there a future there?"
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JAN 12, 2018 — Capilano Honey have spent millions of shareholders dollars on litigation trying to silence me and continue to delay the judicial proceedings.

Capilano were able to temporarily remove footage I published of tonnes of Chinese honey at their Maryborough plant and also of Chinese Pollen being fed to bees at their packing plant.
Shockingly Capilano ltd managed to impede my access to justice by obtaining court orders to take down my right to Crowdfund.

Fortunately with assistance from www.moreheads.com.au the Supreme Court amended their decision and reinstated my right to Crowdfund my defence.

Capilano have not complied with a notice to produce documents. I am looking for evidence that proves contaminates like neonicotinoids, glyphosate , fungicides, antibiotics, sugar syrups are present in the honey they sell. The documents I need to ensure my defence could than lead to a class action against the honey importer.

Capilano delaying tactics are creating an expensive hurdle. I have another court hearing February 2nd in Sydney and need to raise a further $4000 to arrange a Solicitor to appear. I am dedicated to following this through to a trial with jury if need be. I will look forward to interrogating CEO Ben McKee under oath.

PayPal: contact us for that information

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ACC 153832084

Please reference
"Legal defence "

Please listen to the radio interview available on podcast from Beyond Infinity . The podcasts are available on iTunes at beyond infinity or clink on the link below.

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Capilano Honey have acted without decency in regards to how they label their honey products and have conducted themselves throughout the litigation.
Capilano after asking the Court for more time to mediate an outcome did not attempt any reconciliation. We approached Capilano with a reasonable offer that could have seen the end to the conflict but heard nothing. I think Capilano Honey should apologise to the Australian Beekeeping industry in regards to how they have conducted themselves throughout this litigation. This bullying strategy has backfired . The litigation has placed a negative spotlight on the Australian Beekeeping industry
The court has now ordered parties meet again in February.

Ben's Bees is holding a jar of industrialised honey labelled “Mixed Blossom”. You should never buy this honey and stop anyone you know from buying this honey. The label does not display country of origin but this mixed industrialised honey is mostly from China . This is one of Capilano Honey subsidiary brands it sells Allowrie.

This honey is blended and heated in a factory with various cheap imported honey from around the world.
capilanohoney admit they import honey from China, Mexico and Argentina . Capilano refuse to put the country of origin on the honey they sell. Avoid honey labeled mixedblossom at supermarkets. The nicer the words these corporates use the more industrialised the honey is.
Only buy pristine honey direct from a local beekeeper.

You can trust bees to create a perfect mix.
Bees are the only chemists we can trust.

Please buy local honey use the honeymap.
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