Life on the Line
The heroic story of Vicki Moore
A biography by
The Bluecoat Press
When the beautiful young German woman met the animal rights
campaigner, she never imagined that she would become his dead lover's
biographer. David Charters reports
"SHE'S gone." That's what the nurse said. She whispered it in a kind
voice, a voice that had probably said it many times before, just two
words for a life. She's gone.
But where did Vicki Moore go to?
Maybe it's not too much to hope, or pray, that she is now in a place,
where the animals roam free -- not in a sentimentalized way like a
Disney movie, but in the wild spirit that she would have understood
herself, of new life joining old life in the eternal cycle.
After all, she believed that animals have souls just like humans. Of
course, we can't be sure that she's right, yet.
On June 25, 1995, in one of those deeply sorrowful ironies, Vicki was
gored while trying to prevent a crazed mob inflicting any further hurt
on a bewildered bull.
When she fell, he stood over her broken body, still. His own body was
pierced by many spears.
For days, Vicki hovered between life and death, but gradually and
painfully she recovered. However, it was those dreadful injuries that
five years later caused the massive internal hemorrhage which killed
To admirers in the animal rights movement, she was almost a saint and
that's how she looked in the early days with her long black hair and
nun-white linen smock.
Others, including Tony Moore, her "husband" for 27 years, realised
that she wasn't a saint, but she was certainly a woman of profound
By quirk of circumstance, Vicki's biographer is the woman who followed
her into Tony's affection.
And today he is sitting in a café with a cup of cappuccino considering
the book, Life on the Line: The Heroic Story of Vicki Moore.
At the heart of the biography are the campaigns which Tony and Vicki
waged against bull-fighting, fox-hunting, rodeos, blood fiestas and
hare-coursing. They, and people of a similar mind, have had some
successes. Hare-coursing, including the Waterloo Cup at Altcar, near
Orkmskirk, and fox-hunting are banned in this country. Measures have
been introduced to lessen the cruelty of some blood sports abroad, but
many continue in their traditional form.
LIFE on the line: The Heroic Story of Vicki Moore, by Matilda Mench,
is published by Bluecoat at 7.99-pounds.
A biography of Vicki's life and work is out now and is available online from the publisher at
The book is a very inspiring read. There is a webpage for it.
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