Would you drink a pregnant horse’s urine?
Many hormone replacement drugs are made of the oestrogen-rich urine of pregnant mares. The mares have to endure a lifetime of brutal suffering to supply their urine. This is what happens on pregnant mare urine (PMU) horse farms.
Why is there pregnant mare urine in Premarin?
If you are a menopausal woman, with hot flushes glowing through your body, chances are that your doctor will prescribe you hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It will most likely be in the form of the drug Premarin.
Before you take it, pause. Do you know where the oestrogen in Premarin comes from?
The answer is in the name. Premarin is short for PREgnant MARes’ urINE.
Premarin, as well as the other Pfizer drugs Prempo, Premphase and Duavee, contain the urine from pregnant mares.
These mares are kept on PMU farms. PMU stands for Pregnant Mare Urine.
Do you know how these poor pregnant mares suffer, so you don’t experience hot flushes and vaginal dryness?
Have you, or your doctor, ever given a thought to the unbearable agony of the pregnant mares who supply the oestrogen in their urine?
This is what happens to these mares and their children:
To give the urine from their pregnant bodies, the mares must endure twelve long years of unthinkable cruelty. Their foals die for it.
Why would any intelligent, aware, merciful, kind, decent and informed woman ever take these drugs?
- At least 750 000 mares are impregnated each year in Canada for the sole purpose of collecting their oestrogen-rich urine. For that they need to be kept pregnant.
- Horses are pregnant for 11 months before bearing a foal.
- For most of their pregnancy the mares are tied in small stalls, unable to move backwards, forwards, sideways or lie down comfortably.
- They stand with rubber urine-collection bags strapped to their groins. The bags cause painful chafing and lesions.
- To make the urine more concentrated, their water intake is restricted. The horses are kept thirsty. The Humane Society of the United States reported in 2007 that the industry claimed that they have modified this practice, but stonewalled inquiries about this practice. Pfizer is unwilling to allow humane organisations access to the farms.
- Once the foals are born, the horses are impregnated again.
- This cycle continues for about 12 years. Then the spent mares are sold at auction, where most are purchased by buyers for slaughterhouses.
- The foals are taken away from their mothers soon after birth.
- They are considered by-products. Most are slaughtered, sold for horsemeat or turned into dog food. Nearly one in four of the foals born on PMU farms in Manitoba die of starvation or exposure in a single year.
- Some of the thousands of foals born on PMU farms each year are used to replace their exhausted mothers. Some are offered for adoption.
This makes your hair stand on end. And it isn’t even necessary to use the poor pregnant mares’ urine. There are plenty of vegan options available that will get you over your hot flushes.
Ask your doctor about it. If he insists on Premarin, choose a merciful practitioner. Also choose a clued-up one — Premarin was scientifically proven not to be good for our health.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Using plant-based products will only be good for you. It is the healthy alternative and it will make you feel good about yourself. You will prove that you care about the plight of the mares and their foals.
The PMU farms started decades ago.
Horsetalk.co.nz writes: “In the 1940s, researchers at one drug firm discovered that oestrogen taken from the urine of pregnant mares helped to relieve some of the effects of menopause in women.
“Overnight, an industry sprang up in the northern United States and Canada, as hundreds of farms were placed under contract to deliver this urine. More than sixty years later, it remains an industry.”
Premarin is manufactured by Pfizer (formerly Wyeth Pharmaceuticals), which also produces Prempro, an oestrogen/progestin combination.
At some stage Premarin was the most widely prescribed drug in the United States. In 1997 it became Wyeth’s first one billion dollar drug.
Pfizer also manufactures the drugs Premphase and Duavee – a combination osteoporosis-menopause drug. In 2017 the market for Premarin and allied PMU-based drugs was estimated to exceed $1.2 billion.
The PMU farms in America have closed down.
Still, an unknown number of these farms continue to operate in north Canada, mainly in the province of Manitoba. Pfizer also has contracts with PMU farms in countries like China, Poland and Kazakhstan.
PMU farms are notoriously secretive, but the number of pregnant horses on Canadian ranches are estimated at around 1 300. It could, however, be as high as 3 000.