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Brooke Ann Coats Bull-Riding Death: Another Reason Rodeos Are Wrong

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM
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Friday evening 16-year-old Brooke Ann Coats was competing in a rodeo in Tampa, Florida.  During the bull-riding competition she was thrown, and the animal kicked her in the chest. She managed to get up and walk out of the arena, but 90 minutes later she was dead.

The images of the vibrant teenage and  news of her senseless death are heartbreaking. I think of her parents who gave her permission to participate in this dangerous sport, and are now going to have to live with their guilt and without  their daughter for the rest of their lives. If there is any good to come from this tragic event it has to be to highlight the real dangers of this cruel and unpredictable sport, and perhaps save others from a similar fate.

Extreme sports are one thing, and I'd never try to intervene if my children wanted to go rock climbing, or sky diving, or try any other sport of endurance, even if there were risks. But rodeos are a whole other "animal" because they involve animals -- animals that are unpredictable and powerful and can potentially kill -- especially when provoked.

Not to mention the treatment of the poor animals. I grew up in the Midwest; I've been to rodeos and know the passion people have for them. But I've never been able to get past the cruelty involved for the animals -- for no good reason. I don't always agree with PETA and some of their extremist tactics, but when it comes to rodeos, I do. Their site states: "... rodeos are nothing more than manipulative displays of human domination over animals, thinly disguised as entertainment." I have never seen any argument that adequately refutes those charges.

PETA also highlights the torment animals are subjected to:

Electric prods, spurs, and bucking straps are used to irritate and enrage animals used in rodeos. The flank, or “bucking,” strap or rope—which is used to make horses and bulls buck—is tightly cinched around their abdomens, which causes the animals to “buck vigorously to try to rid themselves of the torment. The irritation causes the animals to buck violently, which is what the rodeo promoters want them to do in order to put on a good show for the crowds.

Much like some circuses, and all of it is inexcusable.

Nothing will bring back this 16-year-old girl; nothing will give her the life that laid ahead of her. We can only hope that perhaps her story will spark changes that will rid our nation of rodeos or least make changes in which the lives of humans and animals aren't put on the line just for a show. Rodeos don't need to happen; and Brook Ann Coats didn't need to die.

Condolences to her family and friends.

Do you think young people should be allowed to participate in rodeos? Do you think rodeos in general are wrong?

by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM
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silverdawn99
by Jamie on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

oh good grief. she knew the risks invovled but she still chose to compete. you cant blame everyone else for the death. just like with everything else there is risk invovled

CocoBeen
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM
Driving a car is dangerous too.
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romanceparty4u
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

You can say this about most any sport. We recently had a high school boy in a wrestling match wind up with a leg amputated.

I don't approve of rodeos, not because of the human might get hurt factor, it's the animals I worry about.

romanceparty4u
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

And for the record, I'm an animal advocate and I think PETA is full of shit. I would never support PETA.

barrelracer1699
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

UMMMMM YEA SCREEN NAME I AM BACKIN OUT BUT NOT BEFORE I SAY SHE KNEW THE RISKS!!!

Mama07Shorty
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM


Quoting romanceparty4u:

And for the record, I'm an animal advocate and I think PETA is full of shit. I would never support PETA.


PETA is a joke in my opinion and thats me i worry about the animals

Mama07Shorty
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM


Quoting barrelracer1699:

UMMMMM YEA SCREEN NAME I AM BACKIN OUT BUT NOT BEFORE I SAY SHE KNEW THE RISKS!!!


lmao very true she did

sexymomma_88
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:47 PM
She knew the risks sorry for her death but she knew the risks.
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MyLifeAsHisWife
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

 I love the rodeo.

adri_nevarez
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM
PETA is full of shit! Would they prefer the bull to be made into a hamburger?
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