Thousands plan ‘protest BBQ’ outside vegan’s home after she sued meat-eating neighbors

Cilla Carden isn’t finding a whole lot of support after she sued her neighbors over having to smell meats being cooked at their barbecues. Carden, who is vegan, claimed in her lawsuit that the smells had lowered her quality of life.

The response? More than 4000 people claim they are planning to attend a barbecue outside of Carden’s home in protest. The planned event can be found on the Facebook page “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden.”

(Screenshot from Nine Perth News)

“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 description for the event announces.

Vegans are not allowed at the barbecue, which will take place on October 19.

Carden’s lawsuit against her neighbors was thrown out of court earlier this year and a July appeal also failed, but Carden, who is a massage therapist, has said she will keep pursuing her effort.

“I can’t enjoy my backyard,” Carden told Australia’s Nine News Perth. She claims the smells coming over her fence ruin the enjoyment of her own property. “I can’t go out there.”

Carden also claims that her neighbors are cooking meats, smoking cigarettes and being loud as a “deliberate” effort to make her miserable.

“It’s been devastating,” she said about her neighbors’ actions. She also takes issue with the neighbors making noise while she sleeps and with the neighbors’ kids playing basketball too loudly.

“It’s been turmoil. It’s been unrest. I haven’t been able to sleep,” she said.

The neighbors that Carden sued refused to be identified, but each said Carden was being unreasonable. One neighbor even showed cameras that he had removed his barbecue from the fence area and told his kids to stop playing basketball.

The other neighbor who was sued called Carden’s demands “not reasonable” through a statement.

The barbecue being planned outside of Carden’s home is described as a “peaceful protest.” Attendees are told that food trucks will be there and they should bring their own hot dog buns.

“If I lived in Australia I would be there. Great stuff. Have a steak for me,” one Facebook user wrote on the protest’s page.

Another said, “I’ve been looking for a reason to come to Australia! this seems like a good time!”

“I’m seriously considering flying in from Canada for this,” added another.

Another wrote, “Wish we could be there!! Enjoy! If only we could smell it from across the world!!”


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