Hey, it’s Rich Dale. You may have heard that Cilia Carden of Australia, who’s a vegan, decided to sue her next door neighbors for barbecuing fish in their own back yard. Fish! A lot of vegetarians don’t even consider that meat! But actually, fish are animals, so as far as I’m concerned, they’re meat. And especially to a vegan.
But Cilia seems sort of convinced that her neighbors are doing it on purpose. “It’s deliberate. All I smell is fish. I can’t enjoy my backyard.” I can sort of see where she’s coming from. Barbecuing is not a victim-less crime. (Well, it’s not a crime at all.) But if your neighbors are barbecuing, you’re going to smell it. I can appreciate that she doesn’t like the smell (though it’s hard for me to imagine), but she really can’t tell her neighbors that they can’t barbecue in their own yard. And since throwing things on the barbie is a pretty widespread practice down under, the notion that they’re doing it purposely to get under her skin is a little kooky. Both a lower court and the supreme court wouldn’t give her satisfaction, but she’s vowing not to give up.
So, chapter 2. A group of over 3000 people are planning to hold a massive barbecue outside Carden’s home on October 19th. What, to show her a thing or two? So now they are doing it on purpose. In my mind, that doesn’t make their case very well. The huge grill-fest came together through a Facebook page called “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden.” It reads, “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.”
I know this is on the other side of the world, but it just goes to show that adults acting like babies is a universal thing.