Massage therapist Cilla Carden of Girrawheen, a suburb of Perth, Australia, is a militant vegan.
She complained that she’s fed up with the smell of meat cooking on the barbecue next door: “They’ve put it there so I smell fish, all I can smell is fish. I can’t enjoy my backyard, I can’t go out there. It’s been devastating, it’s been turmoil, it’s been unrest, I haven’t been able to sleep. It’s deliberate, that’s what I told the courts, its deliberate.”
Carden had been locked in a battle since late 2018 with Toan Vu, who lives next door with his wife and children. Carden complained not just about Vu’s barbecuing meat, but also his and his wife’s cigarette smoke, and their children slamming basketballs into their shared fence at all hours of the day. According to documents seen by Daily Mail Australia, Carden also demanded that Vu control the weeds in their garden, repaint common fences and repay the cost of plants damaged on common property.
Vu said he had removed his barbecue from his yard and banned his children from playing basketball, to no avail.
Sensibly, a Supreme Court Judge and the State Administrative Tribunal both dismissed her case on the grounds that the neighbors have done nothing wrong, that they did not make enough noice to make them a nuisance, and that no other neighbours had complained. Carden’s request in July to appeal the decisions was also refused.
But Carden says she won’t give up on her fight and will return to court soon.
Meanwhile, as reported by the New York Post, thousands of Aussies are planning to attend a cookout outside Carden’s home on Saturday, October 19.
The cookout is organized on the Facebook page, “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden”. The event description reads:
“Don’t let Cilla destroy a good old Aussie tradition, join us for a community BBQ, and help Cilla Carden GET SOME PORK ON HER FORK,” .
The Nazis at Facebook seem to have taken down the page because the link to the “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden” no longer works.
But before Facebook took it down, the “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden” page showed 6.3K people indicated they would attend, and another 14K people were interested.
Carden’s lawyer, John Hammond of Hammond Legal, threatened that anyone who attends the October 19 cookout would face criminal charges:
“Any person who seeks to attend Ms Carden’s property on Saturday, October 19, 2019, or at any other time in relation to this event or matter will be referred to the WA police on the grounds of trespass. Security cameras will be installed to obtain vision of any person attending the property and the vision will be provided to the police.
By way of explanation this matter has been blown out of proportion. Ms Carden has no objection to people eating meat and no objection to people having barbecues.”
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