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Vegan takes neighbors to court for barbecuing meat in their backyard

Noisy neighbors are never pleasant.

Cilla Carden can tell you all about noisy neighbors because hers have become a nuisance. In fact, they’ve become so bothersome that she took them to the Supreme Court in Australia.

The massage therapist from Perth, Australia took her neighbors to court because they continuously played basketball and used their barbecue, which, she claimed, caused her to be unable to enjoy her backyard.

“It’s been devastating, it’s been turmoil, it’s been unrest, I haven’t been able to sleep,” Carden told 9News.

For months, Carden, who is a vegan, has complained that the smell of her neighbor’s barbecue and smoking has bothered her. She has also commented on the children playing basketball.

“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.”

It got to be such a problem that she took her neighbors to court. When her claims were rejected she applied to appeal to the Supreme Court, but was also rejected.

“It’s deliberate, that’s what I told the courts, it’s deliberate,” Carden said.

But her neighbor believes they’ve fixed the solution. 9News reportedly visited the defendant’s backyard where they were shown that the barbecue had been removed and the children had been told not to play basketball anymore.

Recently, after news of the unusual court case made headlines, a Facebook event for a community barbecue was created to let Carden know she couldn’t “destroy a good old Aussie tradition.”

However, after 24,000 people responded to the event police issued a warning and Carden’s lawyer threatened legal action. The barbecue was canceled.

Although her actions and complaints have led many to believe she is against others eating meat, Carden’s lawyer insists she has “no objection to people eating meat and no objection to people having barbecues.”

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