Lawsuit Over Barbecue Causes Beef With Meat Lovers

Steaks sizzle at the recent Omaha Barrister’s Club annual steak fry at Elmwood Park. Barbecues are planned around the world Oct. 19 as the result of one vegan in Australia giving an interview with a local TV station in the Internet Age. (Photo by Scott Stewart)
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An Australian vegan asked the country’s courts to intervene in her neighbors’ barbecues.

Cilla Carden, who lives in the suburbs of Perth in western Australia, has taken her complaint to the country’s Supreme Court, according to Perth 9 News.

She claims she’s fed up with the smell of meat cooking on her neighbor’s barbecue.

“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,” Carden told 9 News.

The court and an administrative tribunal have thrown out Carden’s complaints, which extend past the noxious smell of meat to include cigarette smoke, reflective light and the sound of children playing, the U.K.-based Guardian reports.

Carden says her neighbors are acting deliberately and the dispute has cost her sleep. A neighbor told 9 News that he removed the barbecue and has taken other action to restore the peace since the dispute began in August 2017.

After word of the lawsuit began to spread online, someone created a Facebook event calling for a grill-a-thon in front of Carden’s house, according to the Guardian. It drew more than 4,000 RSVPs, including some who quipped it was a more accessible mass event than the forthcoming raid on Area 51 planned for Sept. 20 by many social media denizens.

The Facebook event has since been taken down, following a statement from her attorney, according to the New York Post.

But the protest event was replaced by a similar Facebook group called “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden.”

“Don’t let intolerance destroy a good old Aussie tradition, join us for a World-Wide BBQ in protest of her actions, and help the meat-challenged GET SOME PORK ON THEIR FORKS,” the group states in its description.

The day of barbecue protests is planned for Oct. 19, which falls on a Husker football bye week for any local participants interested.

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