While we might laugh at the headline and the situation, the vitriolic social media response and retaliation to the news of organising a protest barbecue outside the complainant’s house goes way too far.
I can understand how this situation can highlight the hypocrisy of some within the extreme vegan movement who believe it is within their right to break the law and trespass on someone’s family home or invade a restaurant during busy dinner service to protest against eating meat, and yet want their own home protected from the outside world.
This is what all of the families and businesses have been subject to but when the tables turn, privacy and the right to your own sanctuary topples everything else.
However, if the barbecue protest went ahead then the majority who thought this neighbourly complaint was just a laugh becomes just as bad as the vegan activist movement and their stunts.
Even though 24,000 people had the intention of attending, it would never have happened. And I am glad the barbecue was cancelled.
There is a need for calm and an opportunity to take a deep breath and not pile on Ms Carden.
When I defended the farmers and their rights earlier this year against one of the protest groups releasing information about where their properties and their families lived, I became the subject of a social media pile-on and backlash from a vocal and intimidating group of trolls.
I made it public when the stunts became public and personal.
I don’t want anyone to be put in that position, including Ms Carden.
If she doesn’t like where she lives, she might consider moving.
While she does have the right and did take the matter to court she also has to live with the judgement, but she should not be bullied or intimidated in the fallout.
It might be a trivial or embarrassing use of the court system, but this case also highlights the need for tolerance and a deterioration of neighbourly relations.
Perhaps this matter could have potentially been resolved by a conversation.
Local councils provide guides for neighbours to resolve disputes.
If talking doesn’t work then mediation can be entered into or a complaint made to the city before going down the path and exploring the legal avenues.
Maybe we can all take this opportunity (if we don’t already) and get to know our neighbours.
There are probably few better options than doing that over a barbecue.
Luckily we still can, as the good old Aussie rite of passage of putting another shrimp on the barbie has rightfully been protected, for now.
Oliver Peterson hosts 6PR Perth LIVE (3-6pm). He is a contributor to Channel Nine News and columnist with WAtoday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org