no pos wow

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.

@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.

@J_S_Rogers / Twitter

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.

@b_schreck / Twitter

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.

@katedelcastillo / Twitter

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

@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.

@nondocmedia / Twitter

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

Share this story with all of your friends by tapping that little share button below!

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at