If you are a parent and have recently shopped for animal cracker snacks, you may have noticed the box looks a little different.
After more than one hundred years of Barnum’s Animals crackers featuring the animals on their cover in train boxcars, they relented to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and changed their logo.
“After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free,” reports the Associated Press.
Mondelez International and parent company Nabisco redesigned the packaging of the Barnum’s Animals crackers to show the animals side-by-side in the wilderness.
From Associated Press:
PETA, which has been protesting the use of animals in circuses for more than 30 years, wrote a letter to Mondelez in the spring of 2016 calling for a redesign.
“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,” PETA said in its letter.
Mondelez agreed and started working on a redesign. In the meantime, the crackers’ namesake circus — Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey — folded for good. The 146-year-old circus, which had removed elephants from its shows in 2016 because of pressure from PETA and others, closed down in May 2017 due to slow ticket sales.
The redesign of the boxes, now on U.S. store shelves, retains the familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent “Barnum’s Animals” lettering. But instead of showing the animals in cages — implying that they’re traveling in boxcars for the circus — the new boxes feature a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla wandering side-by-side in a grassland. The outline of acacia trees can be seen in the distance.
“The new box for Barnum’s Animals crackers perfectly reflects that our society no longer tolerates the caging and chaining of wild animals for circus shows,” said Tracy Reiman, PETA Executive Vice President.
As Associated Press reports, the company has temporarily changed their logo to reflect specials or fundraisers, but have not changed the logo since its inception in 1902:
Nabisco has been making Barnum’s Animals crackers since 1902. It has redesigned its boxes before, but only for limited-time special editions. In 1995, it offered an endangered species collection that raised money for the World Wildlife Fund. In 1997, it offered a zoo collection that raised money for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. And in 2010, it worked with designer Lilly Pulitzer on a pastel-colored box that raised money for tiger conservation.
Here’s the new logo:
Nabisco’s animal crackers to break out of their cages in new box design after pressure from PETA. https://t.co/crVAll6Ubo
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 21, 2018
Here’s how some people on social media reacted to the change:
Oh good this will fix everything. https://t.co/6dbhGuMgVK
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) August 21, 2018
I was just saying yesterday that nothing could be less useful the straw ban but clearly the challenge was accepted and met.
— Jim Palace (@JimboX87) August 21, 2018
“Cage-free” is all the rage, now for your animal crackers. Means Nabisco can charge a premium price.
— Robert Stern (@RobertStern) August 21, 2018
— Michael Douchette (@Steelharp) August 21, 2018
Really? This is what people get upset about? This is what people waste their time on?
— Lily (@LilyRubenstein) August 21, 2018
Because the animals on the box were obviously distressed 🙄
— Darren 🧐🌊 (@Darren_2502) August 21, 2018