Bullfight heroine heads east
Sunday 28 September 1997
Vicki Moore, who was tossed and gored by a bull in Spain two years ago, last night witnessed the first of a series of bullfighting exhibitions in Macao, South-east Asia.
Twenty-four bulls and several matadors have been flown from Portugal for the four bullfights - the second takes place today - according to Mrs Moore's husband, Tony, with whom she runs the Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe campaign.
"We don't have much hope of stopping these fights. Vicki is just trying to raise awareness in the colony because they've hardly seen it there," said Mr Moore from the couple's home in Southport, Merseyside. Bullfights were last held in Macao during Chinese New year celebrations in February 1996.
Mrs Moore, 39, has given television and newspaper interviews in Macao and taken film footage of bullfights in Spain and Portugal with her. She has been asked to film the event for the European Parliament.
"We can't understand why they are trying to introduce bullfighting into Macao when it is on its way out at home," said Mr Moore. "The fights take place in temporary bamboo rings.
"The Portuguese bullfighting method is very cruel. They stick banderillas - six-inch harpoons - into the bull's shoulders, and stab them with arrowheads.
"They don't kill the bull in the ring, which is a bit dishonest - they finish it off when it's taken from the bullring. These bulls suffer a great deal."
Mrs Moore became famous for rescuing Blackie the donkey from certain death in another Spanish street festival in 1987. She has long been involved in the rescue of animals from the Costa Brava and has been repeatedly threatened.
In 1995, she suffered multiple injuries to her face and body, including several fractured ribs and a punctured lung, after she was attacked by a bull while filming a street fiesta in south-western Spain.
- 1 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 5 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who left house after argument with her parents
Alton Towers crash: Four guests seriously injured as Smiler ride carriages collide
Charles Kennedy dead: A guy once asked the Lib Dem leader who his favourite Muppet was and his letter response was wonderful
Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
£50000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Partner Manager is required ...
£45000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Regional Sales Manager is re...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The company provides IT support...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This manager is for a successfu...