Try not to laugh. Have you noticed the taste difference in free-roaming animals compared to the other stuff out there? I know the kids will pick up immediately on the fact that their favorite classic Barnum's Animal Crackers are now nomadic, meandering, and no longer behind jail-like bars anymore, but rather around trees and grass.

After 116 years, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) pressured Nabisco to release the elephant, zebra, lion, giraffe and gorilla from circus slavery after waging a "Fight for Animal Crackers' Rights" campaign, because animal crackers have not been able to speak for themselves.

Nabisco via Facebook
Nabisco via Facebook

I've never met an animal cracker I didn't like, but I can't say the same about some people. I don't want to get carried away with this, and I know you won't change the world by saving an animal cracker, but you will change that animal cracker's world.

The real question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a box of animal crackers?

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos.

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