BOSTON (CBS) – Animal crackers are being released from their cages after 116 years.

You may not recognize the packaging of Nabisco’s classic treat Barnum’s Animals crackers the next time you’re in the grocery store.

The new Animal Crackers box. (Image credit: Nabisco via CBS News)

The exotic animals – a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla – pictured on the box are no longer behind bars, but featured roaming around grass and trees.

The package redesign comes after pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The group called for a change saying the outdated boxes showed the exploitation and cruelty animals are subjected to in the circus.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus shut down because of slow ticket sales in May 2017.

Comments (6)
  1. Tracy Donovan says:

    ridiculous…why anyone even acknowledges #petakillsanimals is beyond me….

  2. Lauren Tariel says:

    This is sickening!!! Endangered and exotic animals lost a friend when they lost the circus. No longer will there be funding to preserve elephants and tigers in the wild. Now that people will no longer see these beautiful animals in circus, they will quickly fall from the memories of those who care about them and the most endangered will become extinct within a few decades because of PETA, HSUS, and ASPCA.

  3. Jody Zizzi says:

    Just when I think PETA can’t get more ridiculous. This is just pathetic that Nabisco caved to the pressure. SMH