Vicki Moore 24th Dec 1945 - 6th Feb 2000
Vicki trained as an actress, continuing the long theatrical traditional of her mother's family,. She worked in repertory, musicals and films. In 1973 she married Tony and they formed a cabaret act that took them all over Europe.
In 1987 Vicki rescued the donkey 'Blackie' from death in a fiesta in Spain. She discovered that there were many thousand Blood Fiestas.
"When I became aware of the immensity of the problem of the Blood Fiesta and the atrocities committed on the animals [of Spain], I was confronted with an almost metaphysical awareness of being given a cross to carry, like penitents of Semana Sancta. A cross called conscience was put before me, and I hesitated before picking it up.
"In August 1987 I shouldered the burden and within days witnessed a bound and screaming 'fire' bull dragged to it's death, down a street called Calle de Calvary in Canet de Berenguer, after hours of torture and pain. My true initiation into the Calvary of the animals had begun.”
Time and again Vicki risked the wrath of those responsible, as she gathered the evidence and exposed the cruelties.
In June 1995, whilst videoing 'undercover', in the village of Coria, Spain, Vicki was gored by a bull. She was tossed into the air 10 times, gored 11 times in the chest, back, groin and legs. She also suffered a punctured lung, 8 badly smashed ribs and the loss of a kidney.
Vicki's life was saved in a seven hour operation, which was followed by five and a half weeks in intensive care. She struggled for years with the legacy of her injuries, but preferred not to talk about her daily plight, for fear it would detract from that of the animals she championed.
Vicki underwent further operations and, despite being in constant pain, continued to campaign for the animal until her death.
The Vicki Moore Music & text
POEM : ¿FIESTA TAURINA?
Poesía de Gloria María Aguilar C. (colombo-venezolana)