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August 21, 2018

Animal lovers, rejoice. In what PETA is claiming as a victory for "animal liberation," Barnum's Animals crackers have been freed from their oppressive illustrated cages.

For 116 years, animals gracing the snack menagerie's red boxes have been trapped behind bars and sequestered into a circus boxcar. But after a request from PETA, Nabisco has relocated the creatures to the African savannah, the animal rights group announced Tuesday.

Despite the fact that these uncaged creatures are purely fictional, PETA counts the move as "evidence that people are embracing compassion for animals like never before," per its blog post. It's a victory in the same vein as the closure of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the end of many exotic animal acts, PETA says.

Barnum's shortbread animals are still trapped inside their iconic red box, but that's an easy fix for anyone with an appetite. Kathryn Krawczyk