Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Heather Mills to Donate Dancing Fees to Animal Campaigns

Release date: 
Thursday, March 8, 2007

Heather Mills, patron of the animal campaigns group Viva!, is to appear in the US hit show Dancing with the Stars which begins its fourth season on Monday, March 19 at 8:00pm on ABC and CTV.

Based on the UK series Strictly Come Dancing, Heather will be partnered by professional dancer Jonathan Roberts and will have to prove her dancing metal against a string of US celebrities. They include a mixed bag of actors, singers, athletes, an Olympic gold medalist, a Miss USA and a boxer " a female boxer, Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali. Heather would only commit to the show because ABC agreed to sending Jonathan to the UK to train her at a studio just a few minutes from her home, so that she can be with her daughter. During the filming Beatrice is to holiday with her mother in the US.

Heather is donating the fees for each appearance on the show to her favourite campaigns group, Viva!. They will partly be used for a forthcoming campaign against the factory farming of pigs, including covert filming of pregnant sows held prisoner in farrowing crates - metal cages little bigger than their bodies. Ms Mills will also be personally involved in this campaign. She says:

'the last few months have not been good for me as my life has been on hold. But I love dancing and want to support Viva! in this important campaign to expose the appalling cruelty to which millions of pigs are subjected on British farms. Taking part in this show satisfies both desires. The show itself might also provide a bit of fun and a few laughs " things I"Ve been missing for far too long'.

Juliet Gellatley, founder and director of Viva! and close friend of Heather Mills, who recently spent a week with her in Slovenia, says:

'this is an extraordinarily generous gesture by Heather, who is prepared to give not just money but also time and commitment to the things she believes in. When I read the seemingly endless negative reports about her in the Press I simply don't recognize the person I know, like and trust. I'm sure she'll do brilliantly in Dancing with the Stars because I"Ve seen her partying and believe me, she's a superb dancer and an equally good skier, so she has the rhythm, balance and athleticism necessary to triumph " not to mention the looks. I'm sure she can win it " which will be good for Heather and Viva!'

For more information or recent pictures of Heather and Juliet together or pictures of pig factory farming and the farrowing crate: contact jez@viva.org.uk.