Animal Crackers Redesign Frees Animals From Cages After 116 Years of Captivity

Animal Crackers

For 116 years, Barnum’s Animals Crackers have been sold in boxes that depict wild animals—such as lions, gorillas, and elephants—caged inside a circus boxcar. However, after pressure from animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the snack company made some recent changes to the outdated packaging design, freeing the cookie animals from their cages.

PETA has been protesting the use of animals in circuses for more than 30 years, and wrote a letter to Barnum’s parent company, Mondelēz, in 2016 calling for a redesign. Mondelēz agreed and recently rolled out the new packaging that shows the animals happily roaming free among their natural environment. The positive change reflects modern societies’ zero tolerance for animal cruelty and mirrors the end of the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which the snack was named after. After PETA and other animal advocacy groups accused the circuses of cruelty, they stopped using elephants in their shows in 2016 and finally closed for good in 2017 due to slow ticket sales.

“When PETA reached out about Barnum’s, we saw this as another great opportunity to continue to keep this brand modern and contemporary,” said Jason Levine, Mondelēz’s chief marketing officer for North America. PETA celebrated their triumph by saying, “Big victories can come in small packages, and no matter where we look, we find new evidence that people are embracing compassion for animals like never before.” They add, “PETA is celebrating this redesign just as we’ve celebrated the closure of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and an end to the use of wild animals in many other circuses.”

After pressure from animal rights group, PETA, Barnum’s Animals Crackers have finally been freed from their cages.

After 116 years of captivity, animal crackers have been freed from their cages. from r/pics

The new packaging shows the animals happily roaming free among their natural environment, rather than in circus cages.

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h/t: [Huffington Post]

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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