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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.

CREDIT: @PETA_Latino / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: PETA Latino / YouTube

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.

CREDIT: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

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.

CREDIT: 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.

CREDIT: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

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.

CREDIT: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

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.

CREDIT: 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.

CREDIT: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

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.

CREDIT: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

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.

CREDIT: 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.

CREDIT: 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.


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.

CREDIT: @geedubbers / Twitter

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:

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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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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?


Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below


  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice


Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses


El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.


Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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