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Vegan from Perth sues Neighbours for having Barbecues in Backyard

Worldwide News Coverage Ensues with Thousands Planning to Stage a BBQ Outside Vegan's Home

A Perth vegan has taken her neighbours all the way to the Supreme Court, demanding they stop smoking and cooking barbecues in the backyard according to 9 News. Cilla Carden, from Girrawheen, in Perth’s northern suburbs can’t stand the smell of meat cooking on the barbecue next door.

This is not the standard dispute between neighbours. It has taken a cultural life all of its own: the health-conscious vegan massage therapist against the traditional Aussie barbecue loving neighbours. The battle has gained worldwide media coverage.
“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” said Ms Carden.
“It’s been devastating. It’s been turmoil,” she said. “It’s been unrest. I haven’t been able to sleep.”

Court urging the parties to settle the dispute between themselves

The Supreme Court Judge and the State Administrative Tribunal have however sided with the vegan’s neighbours and dismissed her case.  Her request to appeal the decisions has also been denied, but she has vowed to fight on. The Supreme Court Judge encouraged the parties to “direct their considerable energy towards the resolution of their differences as best they can.”
Needless to say, since the court case gained international notoriety there has been an enormous online backlash. The vegan trolls have been out in force.  A Facebook event called “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden” was created and more than 3,500 people said they would attend.
“Cilla Carden has a problem with her neighbours cooking meat on their BBQ because she’s a vegan. Recently taking them to the Supreme Court,” wrote Bailey Mason the event creator.

“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.”

The mass barbecue is scheduled for Saturday, October 19. Carden has been in touch with her lawyers regarding the event. Hammond Legal has warned that anybody attempting entry to her property will be accused of trespass and the police will be called.  They have also stressed that the matter has been blown up out of all proportion.

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Jacobus Lavooij

Jacobus is an experienced editor and writer whose interest vegan issues began with understanding the environmental consequences of the food industry. He loves vegan food and is a passionate communicator of its benefits. He is a Dutch national and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Contact: jacobus@vegansbethechange.com
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