Each year, approximately 75,000 mares are impregnated to produce the raw materials required to manufacture the estrogen replacement drugs Premarin, Prempro and Premphase and Prempak-C.
The mares are impregnated each year and added to a "pee line" because the estrogen rich urine must be collected while they are pregnant.
There are many Premarin Alternatives
on the market that do not have pregnant mares urine as an ingredient, and educating women and their doctors is the key to ending the cruelty towards the mares and this constant mass production of foals.
While there has been an increase in rescue organizations who buy some of these foals and adopt them into permanent homes, the fact still remains too many end up at the slaughter houses because, in the eyes of some PMU farmers, they are nothing more than a pharmaceutical "by product" or a "throwaway".
A few farmers have seen the value of "breeding better foals", so that the potential is there to sell "draft cross sport horses" to private people at the fall auctions. Some farmers also breed registered draft stock.
IN THE VERY WORDS OF THE WYETH AYERST LABORATORIES...There can be side effects with PREMARIN. One is the possibility of developing cancer of the uterus.
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Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Article from the Vegetarian Times