Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Heather Mills Dances into the Lead, Good for Her, Good for Viva!

Release date: 
Thursday, April 5, 2007

Heather Mills has survived two evictions from the US hit show Dancing With the Stars and this week finished in equal first place in the jive. She confounded some of the UK's tabloid newspapers who had spitefully claimed that she is so hated in the US that she would be the first dancer to be sent home. In fact she received glowing comments from judges and obviously endeared herself to the viewing public, who provide half the votes. Having experienced pain from her prosthetic leg, which she describes as having been as ungiving as concrete, she had a new rubber-cushioned leg made in just two days. With it she danced to a joint first-place position, with effusive comments from judges " "I don't care how many legs you"Ve got you were just great', and "You"Ve got more guts than Rambo!' Heather is donating all the fees from her appearances on Dancing With the Stars to the Bristol-based, international animal campaigns group Viva!, of which she is patron. The total so far runs to tens of thousands of pounds and each appearance produces another sizeable sum to help fund Viva!'s campaigns. 'this is extraordinarily generous of Heather and absolutely typical of her', says Juliet Gellatley, a close friend and founder and international director of Viva!. "I have watched the relentless and vicious media assault on her with anger and disbelief. It has had all the revulsion of a public stoning to death or a crucifixion and I still don't know what dreadful crime she is supposed to have committed. 'Heather has spent the last decade and more working to make the world a better place for humans and animals alike and her contribution to society has been a civilising one, which is more than can be said for some of the tabloids. She puts herself on the line and gives her time and money generously to help the fight against suffering and injustice and the determination she shows is reflected in her success on Dancing With the Stars. Viva! is proud that the name Heather Mills is associated with ours', concludes Ms Gellatley. Viva! recently released covert footage of Heather shot in a UK factory-farm pig unit where Heather slammed the use of tiny farrowing cages to imprison mother pigs as "disgusting and unnecessary'. The story went around the world. She is also heading the publicity for Viva!'s Incredible Veggie Show, Europe's largest vegetarian event, which takes place at London's Royal Horticultural Halls on Saturday, June 30. She will give a public talk " Why I am a Vegan " and a cookery demonstration. For further information contact Juliet Gellatley or Tony Wardle on 0117 944 1000. For details of the Incredible Veggie Show, log on to http://www.viva.org.uk/london. Email: jez@viva.org.uk