Vegan Takes Neighbors to Court to Stop Them Cooking Meat on BBQ

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A woman has accused her neighbors of maliciously cooking meat on their barbecues, claiming that they are doing so solely as a means of disturbing her. Cilla Carden, a massage therapist and vegan, has been at odds with her neighbors since last year, and recently took them to court over their grilling and several other complaints.

Carden – who lives in Girrawheen, Australia – claims that her neighbors aren’t just intentionally grilling meat to bother her, but that they bounce basketballs and blow cigarette smoke to get on her nerves. According to a report by Unilad, she also included various landscaping issues in her complaint, such as her neighbors’ alleged failure to control weeds and repaint shared fences.

Speaking to the Australian Supreme Court, Carden stated that she believed the disturbances were intentional.

“They’ve put it there so I smell fish, all I can smell is fish,” said Carden. “I can’t enjoy my backyard; I can’t go out there.”

“It’s been devastating; it’s been turmoil; it’s been unrest,” she added. “I haven’t been able to sleep.”

The Supreme Court didn’t agree with Carden’s perspective on the matter, and a judge ultimately dismissed her case. The State Administrative Tribunal also sided with Carden’s neighbors.

In the tribunal’s ruling, they stated, “What [Carden’s neighbors] are doing is living in their backyard and their home as a family.”

Toan Vu and his family, one of Carden’s neighbors, did move their barbecue to another location in an attempt to mitigate the issue. Vu also discouraged the family’s children from playing basketball.

However, Carden isn’t satisfied with her neighbor’s efforts and, even though her request for an appeal was denied, she vows to continue the battle in court.

Carden has also targeted another neighbor.

In a statement, Carmel Vallelonga, the owner of a neighboring rental property, stated “Ms. Carden’s demands were proven to be not reasonable and indeed were to the detriment of the other owners’ ability to enjoy their lots in a reasonable and acceptable manner.”