The story of Cilla Carden, a devout vegan, has been raising eyebrows and dropping jaws across the planet. She has a dispute with one of her neighbors who is decidedly not a vegan.
Fox News explains:
“An Australian vegan woman was so furious that she could smell her neighbors’ barbecue from their backyard, she took her ‘vegan beef’ to the state’s highest court. Cilla Carden, who lives in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, says her neighbors next door use a barbecue so often to cook fish that it causes her to stay inside. They’ve put it so you smell fish, all I smell is fish” Carden told 9News.
“I can’t enjoy my backyard, I can’t go out there.”
She also doesn’t like the smell of cigarette smoke wafting from her neighbors or even the sound of children playing basketball. Carden took the case to Western Australia’s Supreme Court, which turned her down flat. She has accused her neighbors of deliberately tormenting her with the alleged nuisances. Carden has vowed to continue her fight.
Americans have been vaguely aware that Australia has a grilling culture ever since a pre-Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan offered to “put another shrimp on the barbie” to any who would venture Down Under courtesy of the Australian Tourist Board. Australian barbecue is a little different than that practiced in America. The Australians have not yet learned the “low and slow” method of smoking meat, preferring to put their dinner on direct heat. They like to cook lamb, sausages, and seafood rather than beef or chicken. Asian immigrants in Australia have added their cuisine to the mix.
Vegans like Ms. Carden eschew all animal flesh and animal products, which means no milk, cheese, eggs, or butter. Most vegans are not as militant as Carden, but some are, especially when they are members of PETA. Nowhere can it be found whether or not she has an actual physical allergy to the smell of grilled fish. It could all be a psychological affliction.
In the meantime, Ms. Carden may live to regret she ever tried to make trouble for her carnivore neighbors. The New York Post takes up the story of a massive cookout that is planned to take place near her home.
“Now more than 3,000 people are planning to attend a cookout outside her Perth home, organized on a Facebook page called ‘Community BBQ for Cilla Carden. 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 event description reads.
“The barbecue is scheduled for Oct. 19 — and vegans are not welcome,” the page says.
The plan by the group of Australian grilling enthusiasts reminds one of an episode of the animated show “King of the Hill.” Hank Hill, horrified that his niece has joined a Vegan cult, sets up a grill just outside the cult’s compound. He starts to cook good old fashion Texas barbecue, making sure that the smoke wafts into the cult’s compound. Very soon, the niece and every other cult member, driven mad by the smell of roasting animal flesh, rush outside to get their share of links, beef brisket, and burgers.
The story of Cilla Carden, the put-upon Vegan, is not the only one that has occurred recently in Australia about people with animal-free diets.
The UK Guardian related the story of two Vegan parents who live in Sydney who were accused of child abuse by feeding their toddler daughter a strict, “vegan diet of oats, potatoes, rice, tofu, bread, peanut butter, rice milk and occasionally fruit. She never received nutritional supplements.”
As a result, the little girl has become severely malnourished, has had her physical and mental growth stunted and is now being treated to counteract the effects of the vegan diet. The parents have lost custody of the girl and their two older sons. They have, however, avoided jail time but have to perform community service.
People often pursue a vegan lifestyle for ethical reasons. However, a diet devoid of animal flesh and products has proven to be extremely problematic where nutrition is concerned, according to most nutritionists.
Perhaps Cilla Carden should take that other story into account when the cookout starts outside her home.