Death of anti-bullfighting campaigner, Tony Moore
28 May 2014
|Tony Moore (right, holding "Ban Hare Coursing" placard) at a 2006 ICABS anti-coursing protest in Kilkenny.|
We are very sad to report the death of Tony Moore, an inspirational anti-bloodsports campaigner and friend of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports. Tony dedicated his life to campaigning against animal cruelty, including bullfighting, blood fiestas, hare coursing, foxhunting, the use of goldfish as prizes at fairs, horse racing, live exports, vivisection, rodeos, etc.
He was the founder, along with his late wife Vicki, of 'Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe' and worked tirelessly for animals. The pair were instrumental in the implementation of animal protection laws in Spain.
Some years ago, he was a guest at an ICABS conference in Cork where he spoke about the cruelty of bullfighting and his ongoing efforts to help stop it.
In 2006, he and his partner Matilda Mench travelled to Ireland to attend an ICABS anti-coursing protest in Sevenhouses, County Kilkenny.
Some of the many successes that came about due to pressure created by Tony Moore and Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe are:
A number of Blood Fiestas banned, others abandoned including:
Paying tribute to her beloved partner, Matilda Mench described Tony as being very kind and very passionate about animals.
"Animals were his life," she told the Southport Visiter newspaper. "To Tony, animals are sentient beings and should be treated in a nice way, not abused for entertainment. That was his legacy, whether it was bull fighting or horse racing."
Tony passed away on 27th December 2013 aged 79. ICABS extends deepest sympathy to Matilda and to Tony's family, relatives and friends.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Statement from Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe
Southport veteran animal rights campaigner has died
On Friday 27th December 2013 Tony Moore, co-founder and chairman of Southport based animal rights charity “Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe” (FAACE) died from lung cancer, aged 79. Together with his late wife Vicki Moore he founded the charity in 1987 in order to save “Blackie the donkey” and other animals in Spain. The couple worked against bullfighting and blood fiestas and through their investigations were instrumental in the implementation of animal protection laws in Spain.
Especially Vicki’s accident in a Spanish blood fiesta in Coria in 1995 when she was gored and severely injured by a fighting bull, inspired many people in Spain and Latin America to get involved in the fight against animal cruelty. After her death in the year 2000 Tony continued with their campaigns and adding new topics like rodeo.
In the UK the charity campaigned mainly against the Waterloo Harecoursing Cup, Goldfish being given away as prizes at fun fairs and horse racing concentrating on the Grand National. He will be missed by animal lovers around the world. His work will be continued by his partner Matilda and friends.
If you choose to holiday in a bullfighting country (Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela), please do not visit bullfighting arenas or museums. Avoid purchasing any bullfight-related souvenirs. Join the international campaign against bullfighting. Please register your opposition to this horrific blood sport with the governments and political representatives of bullfighting countries as well as to the local Ambassadors.
Contact the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland to register your opposition to bullfighting. Express your desire to see bullfighting banned throughout all of Spain.
The Spanish Ambassador to Ireland
Embassy of Spain
17A Merlyn Park, Dublin 4.
Tel 1: +353 (0)1 2691640
Tel 2: +353 (0)1 2692597
Fax: +353 (0)1 269 1854