A parade of elephants, early 1900s.  Hamilton Historical Collection
A parade of elephants, early 1900s. Hamilton Historical Collection.

Ringling Brothers has announced it will phase out the use elephants in its shows, due to growing public concern about how the animals are treated. The elephant has been part of carnival life for more than a century, including circus events in Hamilton.

At attention: Elephants at Clyde Brothers Circus , May 15, 1972. Hamilton Historical Collection
At attention: Elephants at Clyde Brothers Circus , May 15, 1972. Hamilton Historical Collection
Youngsters from the audience receive a lift under the big top. The Shrine Circus at the Centre Mall. Hamilton Historical Collection. Aug. 2, 1984
Youngsters from the audience receive a lift under the big top. The Shrine Circus at the Centre Mall. Hamilton Historical Collection. Aug. 2, 1984