Thousand to attend barbecue outside house of vegan who took neighbours to court over meat smell

Cilla Carden took legal action in bid to prevent family next door cooking on patio 

Colin Drury@colin__drury
Wednesday 04 September 2019 22:01
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Vegan woman sues neighbours over barbecue smell

Thousands of Australians have said they will stage a mass barbecue outside the home of a vegan masseuse who took her neighbours to court in a bid to stop their patio-based cookery.

Cilla Carden, from Perth, took legal action over the smell of grilling meat wafting over her property from the Vu family next door.

She said she couldn’t enjoy her own garden because of the fumes – and also complained about the children making a noise while playing in the yard and patio lights being left on.

“All I can smell is fish,” she said. “I can’t go out.”

Now, after her case was thrown out by both a tribunal court and the Supreme Court of Western Australia, meat-lovers have used Facebook to organise a mass flesh-grilling session outside her front door next month.

More than 2,000 people have said they will attend the so-called Community BBQ for Cilla Carden, and another 6,000 have expressed an interest.

“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 event’s creator, Bailey Mason, writes in the description.

Responding to the backlash, Ms Carden told Australian media: “This issue has been blown out of proportion. 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 neighbours.”

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Her lawyer John Hammond warned against anyone going onto her property during the planned barbecue.

He said security cameras would be installed and anyone who trespassed would face criminal charges.

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