Nabisco uncages its animal crackers after 116 years

After 116 years, animal crackers are no longer behind bars.

The packaging of Barnum's Animals, a classic Nabisco snack, doesn't depict the exotic creatures in cages anymore. Instead, a zebra, an elephant, a lion, a giraffe and a gorilla are out roaming among grass and trees.

The change comes at the urging of animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who said that in April 2016, it pointed out to Nabisco's parent company, Mondelez International, that circuses often beat, shock, chain and whip animals to intimidate them into performing tricks. Other cruel practices include tearing baby animals away from their mothers and keeping animals in cages and chains, they said.

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