After a vegan woman from Australia took her meat-eating neighbours to the Supreme Court to stop them cooking meat on their barbecue - amongst several other demands - more than 2,000 have planned to stage a community barbecue at her home.
Cilla Carden from the Perth suburb of Girrawheen insists that her neighbours have persistently and deliberately sought to disturb her in her backyard by cooking meat on their barbecue, smoking cigarettes, and bouncing basketballs.This is what Cilla Carden had to say about the matter in an interview with 9 News:
"It's deliberate," Carden insisted in the interview with 9 News. "That's what I said to the court, it's deliberate."
Her other demands include the removal of weeds in her neighbours' garden, that they repaint the fences they share, repay the cost of damaged plants, and that their children stop disturbing the peace with their toys.
"They’ve put it there so I smell fish, all I can smell is fish," she added. "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."
However, the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia has since rejected her claims that there was any breach of residential law. "What they [the neighbours] are doing is living in their backyard and their home as a family," the subsequent judgement read.
The state's supreme court also rejected an appeal, and Carden was informed she could not take her case any further. "The volume of material that she has produced ... suggests that these matters have to an extent become somewhat overwhelming," said Chief Justice Peter Quinlan.
Per Daily Mail Australia, Carden's lawsuit has since prompted more than 2,000 people to click 'attending' on a Fcebook event called 'Community BBQ for Cilla Carden', while a further 7,500 have clicked 'interested'.
The event description says: "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! 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."
Carden's lawyer, John Hammond of Hammond Legal has now responded to the event, telling Daily Mail Australia: "Ms Carden has no objection to meat-eaters and has no objection to anyone having barbecues. She believes barbecues are part of the Australian way of life."
Hammond also stated that anyone who attended the event 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," Hammond said. "Security cameras will be installed to obtain vision of any person attending the property and the vision will be provided to the police."