A vegan sued her neighbors in the Supreme Court in Australia, demanding they stop smoking or even cooking barbecue in their own backyard.
Cilla Carden, a massage therapist, claimed that her neighbor, Toan Vu, deliberately let the smells of barbecue and cooking fish to waft into her yard.
She had been conflicting with her neighbors since last year. She argued that the smell of the barbecue from her neighbors smelt so bad that she can no longer enjoy relaxing outdoors.
Ms. Carden is also furious at cigarette smoke wafting into her yard, and the sound of children playing with basketballs next door. The kids used to “bang the wall at anytime,” and she couldn’t sleep.
“It’s been devastating, it’s been turmoil, it’s been unrest, I haven’t been able to sleep.”
So, Ms. Carden decided to sue her neighbors in a State Administrative Tribunal, but her claims were rejected.
She then applied to the Supreme Court in Western Australia, to appeal on the case, but it was also rejected.
One of Ms. Carden neighbors, who wished to remain anonymous, told Nine News:
“Ms. Carden’s demands were proven to be not reasonable and indeed were to the detriment of the other owner’s ability to enjoy their lots in a reasonable and acceptable manner.”
Ms. Carden recently told Nine News that she’s now facing a lot of backlash from his neighbors and the internet since her story was aired.
The story went viral, and Ms. Carden’s critics created a Facebook Event, called “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden,” to stage a barbecue in front of her house. But the event was later deleted.
Creator of the event, Bailey Mason, wrote:
“Cilla Carden has a problem with her neighbors cooking meat on their BBQ because she’s a vegan. Recently taking them to the Supreme Court.”
“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.”
“BYO hotdog buns, p.s. NO VEGANS.”
According to Nine News, over 24,000 people had shown interest in attending the event.
One person wrote:
“Let us enjoy this feast, bring your smoker and your barbecue. Bring whatever you like because this is a day to celebrate not only your love of meat but the fact that you can enjoy it no matter what a vegan tells you is right or wrong.”
One Facebook user joked:
“This beats storming Area 51.”
Another person added:
“Since I don’t have the money to go to the Area 51 raid, guess I’ll go to this little get-together.”
Commenting about the Facebook event, Ms. Carden said that the issue has been blown out of proportion, telling Daily Mail that she respects the right of people to eat meat.
“This is not about a vegan versus meat issue. I respect the right of people to eat meat. I have no problem with barbecues. The real issue is one between neighbors.”
The event page was later updated, noting that the BBQ is a “peaceful protest” and that no one should actually take their meat onto Carden’s property.
The event also got the attention of John Hammond, Ms. Carden’s lawyer, who commented on the page:
“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 [Western Australia] 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.”