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 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
Earthworms rain down from skies over Norway, puzzling scientists
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...