PAC Pastries, Hollywood-Based Vegan Food Truck, Starts Kickstarter Campaign

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Fix that truck!
Shelbey Ganzel has been passionate about baking her entire life, so buying a food truck last year seemed like a way to make her dream a reality. But sometimes on the road to success, you get a flat tire. Literally.

Ganzel purchased a used food truck last year and turned it into PAC Pastries, a mobile bakery offering organic, vegan, and gluten-free treats. But just as she started establishing a good following, the truck broke down. "We just hit our one-year anniversary in August. Last year, I bought the truck used, and there was always something wrong with it. I wasn't very familiar with the food truck industry, so I thought, 'Oh, this happens to everyone.' But things went wrong too many times."

See also: Forget Munchkins, Try 'Krunkins' Vegan Donut Holes from PAC Pastries

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Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur to Speak at Darbster Event Tuesday

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Maybe it was the first time you saw the pink slime footage. Or perhaps it was the first time you saw a video about the grave realities of the veal industry.

Whatever the entry point was, something got you thinking about giving a damn about what you're putting in your mouth and the process of how it got to your plate. For many folks, a visit to a Farm Sanctuary (where rescued animals that were slotted for slaughterhouses live out their lives) is that very entrance.

With farm locations in California and New York, Animal activist, best-selling author and co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary Gene Baur will bring his personal experiences from the farm to a special speaking event and buffet dinner at Darbster in Boca Raton on Tuesday night.

See also: GMO Free USA Pushing Petition Encouraging Publix to Label GMO Products

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Forget Munchkins, Try 'Krunkins' Vegan Donut Holes from PAC Pastries

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Meet the magical "krunkin"

Croissant-donut hybrids are so five minutes ago. Meet the "krunkin", Broward County's next dessert craze. The sweet treat is a vegan donut incarnation whipped up by Shelbey Ganzel, owner of PAC Pastries.

The name was invented by Green Bar and Kitchen, a purveyor of PAC's treats. And donuts ain't all Ganzel does. She's a master of organic, vegan, gluten-free refreshments, from cupcakes to cinnamon rolls to chocolate chip cookies.

See also: Blackfish Producer to Be Honored by PETA at Sublime Vegan Restaurant

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Blackfish Producer to be Honored by PETA at Sublime; B-52's Fred Schneider Will Premiere Rock Lobster Video

Manny Oteyza, the producer of Blackfish, will receive an award from PETA this Sunday at an invitation-only reception hosted by The B-52s' Fred Schneider.

Schneider has also produced a video exposing cruelty to lobsters. This all-new "Rock Lobster" video, in which he declares crustaceans sea life, not seafood, will make its South Florida debut at the event.

The ceremony, held at animal-friendly Sublime Restaurant & Bar, will honor Oteyza with the Nanci Alexander Award for his animal activism achievements.

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Thanksgiving Horror Stories: Pig Abuse, Dead Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys

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Turkey gets pardoned. Sentenced to death anyway.
Today, NBC ran a story about pig abuse at an Oklahoma farm that supplied animals to Tyson Foods. An undercover video shot by Mercy for Animals in September or October of this year shows workers "kicking, hitting, and throwing pigs and slamming piglets into the ground." The video, a public relations nightmare for Tyson, prompted the food giant to terminate its contract with the farm and take possession of the remaining animals. Gary Mickelson, a spokesman for Tyson Foods said, "We're extremely disappointed by the mistreatment shown in the video and will not tolerate this kind of animal mishandling."

So, does this story have a happy ending? Of course not! This isn't the only time Tyson's farms were caught in the act of animal abuse.

See also: Where to Buy Local, Free-Range Turkeys

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PETA's Ingrid Newkirk Coming to Fort Lauderdale; Sublime's Owner to Host Q&A

Ingrid Newkirk makes a Fort Lauderdale appearance.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA for short, has been accused of going overboard and using heavy-handed publicity stunts for getting its message across.

That may be true, but the organization, led by founder Ingrid Newkirk, does the one thing it sets out to do -- it makes people acutely aware of both the organization and its causes.

Its outrageous campaigns can almost be called "performance art", like when nude models smear themselves in red paint and pack themselves into giant foam meat trays or campaign to have grouper renamed "sea puppies" because no one would want to eat a puppy.

See also: Model/Real Housewife of Miami Joanna Krupa Unveils PETA Campaign at Sublime

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PETA Wants Washington Redskins to Change Mascot to a Potato

Could you cheer a potato?
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been behind some strange campaigns. It's asked for grouper to be renamed "sea puppies," and it's claimed that Carlos Danger Weiners (sic) cause erectile dysfunction.

But this time, PETA has taken a stand that Clean Plate Charlie thinks makes perfect sense (did we really write that)?

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World's First Lab-Grown Hamburger To Be Eaten Today, Live Feed from London

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Can you have meat without killing animals?
Can you eat meat without having to kill the animal? Mark Post, a Dutch stem cell researcher, thinks you can and on Monday he will present the world's first lab-grown hamburger at an arts fair in London.

But don't take a bite just yet, the patty purportedly has cost about $375,000 that was grown in a lab at Maastricht University.

See Also: Hey Vegans - How About Some Lab-Generated Meat?

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Make Raw Not War: Boynton Beach Resident Natalie Sager Starts Raw Food Snack Company

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Make Raw Not War
Local Boynton Beach raw food company Make Raw Not War.

When Boynton Beach resident Natalie Sager became pregnant with her first child, certain dietary restrictions forced her to give up foods that each of us would bemoan the loss of in ordinary circumstances: specifically, gluten and dairy.

What to do when your favorite foods are suddenly banned? Create a delicious snack that would make you forget all about them. Especially one that would have a long shelf life and be easy to eat on the go.

Today, Sager is the proud owner and chef behind "Make Raw Not War," her health-conscious raw food snack company. The gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free snacks aren't just for raw vegans and the gluten, dairy-free crowd, however. They're also perfect for those following a paleo or kosher diet.

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- Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale: Plant-Based, Vegan, Delicious
- PETA Wants You to Have Hot Vegan Sex (Like Animals Do)

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PETA Wants You To Have Hot Vegan Sex (Like Animals Do)

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Yup..They are having a better time than you.
Ahh...PETA. No matter what you think of them, they always find a way to drive their point home -- whether it's to not wear fur, stop factory farming, spay your pet, or go vegan.

This time, PETA's enlisted the help of British ad agency, Fallon U.K. to show us that "vegans have a bigger sexual appetite". And, how do they do this? By editing together all kinds of herbivores getting it on -- to the tune of "Teddy Bear's Picnic".

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