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Latin Countries That Freed Animals From Cages Before Barnum’s Animal Crackers Did

After over 115 years of Barnum’s Animal cracker animals have finally been set free. With the world waking up to oppression of all kinds, the public pressure against animal captivity has made its mark on the world, from Ringling Brother’s shutting down to states banning the use of bullhooks. Bullhooks are tools used to force elephants to perform tricks and lead to harming the animal.

Reactions to the announcement have ranged from delight to outcry, and we’ve got the best rounded up for you. However, let’s face it. Barnum’s Animals crackers is eons behind the Latin countries that banned animal circuses years ago.

PETA wrote a letter to the parent company in 2016 requesting a redesign.

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In the letter, PETA wrote, “Given the egregious cruelty inherent in circuses that use animals and the public’s swelling opposition to the exploitation of animals used for entertainment, we urge Nabisco to update its packaging in order to show animals who are free to roam in their natural habitats.”

Using time and resources to save animals on packages seems to be more important to PETA than using those same resources on real animals.

Some people made jokes about the survivability of the animals in the African savannas.

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Every animal thrives in a specific ecosystem. It can be dangerous to force animals into ecosystems they are not meant to be in. Perhaps the gorilla should have been given his own window thriving in the jungle?

Some seemed concerned that freeing the animals would open them up to poaching.

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Tbh, this one is a little over the top. Like, sure. Maybe some people are afraid of change, but it is the art work on animal crackers packaging. It isn’t that serious in the gran scheme of things.

Latino celebrities have been using their platforms and voices with PETA to fight for animal liberation.

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Kate del Castillo, Dulce María, Marjorie de Sousa, Alfonso Herrera and Carla Morrison are just a few of the Latinos that have taken to publicly speaking out against animals in captivity.

Del Castillo even created a PSA for PETA Latino urging her supporters to boycott the circus.

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Del Castillo even wrote a letter to the owner of Arena Monterrey urging him to cancel Ringling’s performance in the ring. She wrote, “Most performers would love to sell out an arena, but elephants in the circus would surely trade in a packed audience for a life of freedom with their families. I hope to hear that you’ll do the right thing and decide never to host Ringling Bros. again.”

The methods used to train animals in order for them to be used in the circus has drawn criticism because of their cruelty.

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One man, who helped in the strategic breaking of baby elephant’s spirits by tying them down and beating them, was so burdened by his guilt that on his deathbed, he sent his testimony and photos to PETA, blowing the whistle on the cruelty.

It’s not just wild animals that are taken on the road.

Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Animals that we already have strong bonds with are bred to perform and be on the road the majority of the year. These dogs are likely held in small cages when they’re not in the circus ring, in front of bright lights, loud sounds and an ever-smaller crowd of people who paid for this amusement.

In 2015, Mexico banned wild animals from circuses.

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Kudos to Mexico for refusing to let it’s values sway for profit’s sake.

Before Mexico, Colombia banned the use of animals in circuses in 2013.

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The best way you can help wild animals in circuses today is to simply not pay to go to a circus. Nothing hurts companies worse than going for their wallet. You can also call your representative in Congress to urge them to take legislative action.

Costa Rica is by far the most progressive for protecting wildlife.

Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

The country has not only banned wild animals from use in circuses, but it’s also implemented a plan to slowly ban zoos. The plan includes releasing rehabilitated animals into the wild and discontinuing the input of traded animals.

El Salvador is one of six Latin countries that have banned circuses.

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Zoos and circuses are problematic for every animal deprived of their natural drive to roam and spread their wings. El Salvador has its own issues to deal with when it comes to abuse of animals in their zoos.

Bolivia has also banned the use of any animals in the circus.

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For big cats, elephants, and monkeys, it’s even worse. While birds are known to rip out their own feathers out of frustration, big cats are often drugged to sedate their pyschosis.

Paraguay isn’t going to be left behind in the fight for animal rights.

Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Conservationists all around the world agree that imprisoning wild animals does nothing for conservation of the species. True conservationism looks like combatting climate change that is decimating species, like the tens of thousands of penguins who dropped dead just last week.

While we’re doing good on banning circuses,  there are more problems with the trade of animals in Latin America.

Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

What ultimately needs to happen is a shift in perspective on how animals are viewed in our society–not as commodities or silly amusements. They are living beings looking for any hole in their prison to gasp for air or look for freedom.

As a whole, humanity makes a mockery of our co-species, but Latinos are doing a better job than most.

As for the new animal cracker look, the internet is having a good time.

NY Post

It’s a new day, and a new age. We know who belongs behind bars these days.

Some people have suggested a better way for PETA to use their resources to educate people on the plight of wild animals.

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We know that it is a symbolic victory to release the animals from their cages on the boxes. However, real wild animals are facing hunting at horrific levels. With government around the world doing nothing to stop their citizens from big game hunting, it has fallen on African nations to preserve their wildlife.

While the new design gestures to a new age of animal liberation, our consumption will likely stay the same.

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They’re just cookies. Unless you’re a next level animal rights activist, they’re probably the only cookie box in the house that will ever contain exactly just animal crackers. Those aren’t reusable circus cars.

So what’s next? The most pressing request of all:

@tra967cy / Twitter

It just seems fair and reasonable to let them breathe some fresh air.


READ: 20 Beautiful National Animals From Latin America That Are Everything

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This French Bulldog Disappeared From His California Home and Was Found Weeks Later in Tijuana

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This French Bulldog Disappeared From His California Home and Was Found Weeks Later in Tijuana

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Looks like French bulldogs just can’t stay out of the headlines! Following Lady Gaga’s harrowing dog-napping ordeal, another dramatic dog fiasco has recently made the news.

Recently, a Bay Area woman was reunited with her French bulldog, Brody, after he had been found 600 miles away…in Tijuana, Mexico.

According to Brody’s owner, Debbie Campbell, she had been frantically searching for her emotional support dog for weeks after he “wandered away” from her front yard on February 3rd.

Immediately after Brody’s disappearance, Campbell and her family launched an intense search party. They posted flyers around town and posted on social media to find her beloved Brody, but no luck. Just when the Campbells thought they would never see Brody again, they received a mysterious message from Mexico.

A man named Benjamin Gonzalez contacted the family on Facebook and told them he had bought Brody a few weeks prior, on the streets of Tijuana.

By an odd twist of fate, Gonzalez had previously lived in the Bay Area himself before being deported to Mexico two years prior. Since he had lived in the Bay Area since he was a baby, his entire family still lived there.

When Gonzalez showed his new dog to his American family, they recognized Brody from social media posts and told him that Brody looked like a local missing dog. They told him to contact Debbie Campbell.

When Gonzalez contacted her, Campbell asked him to send her a picture of Brody’s tattoo for proof. “And the minute he did I knew it was my dog,” Campbell told KGO reporters.

Gonzalez said he can relate to the dog’s situation. Gonzalez told reporters that it made sense that Brody was far from home, because the dog seemed depressed.

“I’m deported myself, and you know I’m out here by myself, so we could relate,” Gonzalez said. “He doesn’t have family here…I don’t have family here, I’m out here by myself, so you know I was like, man, if I can return him I’m going to do the right thing.”

Within 24 hours, Debbie Campbell was reunited with Brody. She was overjoyed to be with her emotional support dog again. Campbell recounted the emotional situation through tears: “When he video called us to show us the dog, that took my breath away,” Campbell said KGO. “It’s a blessing that that man called, because otherwise there’s no way we could have gotten him back.”

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, thieves have been targeting French bulldogs more and more recently due to their popularity.

A police spokesperson referred to them as a French bulldogs are considered “a high-value ticket item.” Dog-nappers can make $1,500 to $6,000 reselling the pups on the black market.

“Frenchies are ‘in’ right now,” San Francisco SPCA president Dr. Jennifer told the Chronicle. “If I had a Frenchie, I wouldn’t let it out of my sight right now.”

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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