Equine Rescue

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"I am as docile as I am courageous, the only of earth's creatures who sacrifices its own being to exist through the will of another."

Horses of the Sun
Robert Vavra

Equine Rescue

Stop the Abuse

"Whenever an animal is forced into the service of men everyone of us must be concerned for any suffering it bears on that account. No one of us may permit any preventable pain to be inflicted, even though he would be interfering in something that does not concern him. No one may shut his eyes and think the pain, which is therefore not visible to him is non-existent." Dr. Albert Schweitzer

This year more than 125,000 U.S. horses will be killed for the lucrative export of meat to Europe and Japan.

At the New Holland Auction, in the heart of Pennsylvania farm country, an average of 275 horses a week go off with meat buyers.

"People need to know. If you send a horse to the auction, those guys sitting in the front row aren't buying for a pleasure ranch," says Marc Paulhus, director of Equine Protection for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

"Purebred horses plunged to a fraction of the paper value", says Paulhus. "Arabians who had quadrupled in price, or in some cases soared to 10 times their initial value to a paper value of $100,000, were slaughtered."

"We don't eat our dogs. We don't eat our cats. We don't eat our horses", says Cathleen Doyle of the California Equine Council.

All the horses saved by rescue groups and sanctuaries combined don't add up to 1 percent of this nation's discarded horses. We must raise public awareness as to why so many horses suffer such an undeserved fate.

If you are lucky enough to be responsible for such a noble creature, make a promise to never lose track of what becomes of your horse. You have the responsibility of ensuring that your horse has a humane life, and ultimately, a peaceful death with dignity.
Excerpts taken from ASPCA Animal Watch Magazine, Spring 1998.

Habitat for Horses, Inc. - A non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and retirement of horses and the education of the general public for the betterment of horses everywhere.

Texas Cruelty to Animal Statutes

Cruelty to Animal Statutes for Your State

Cruelty to Horses

Arabian Horse Rescue Network

Equus Sanctuary

Equine Rescue Net

United Pegasus Foundation

The Last Refuge

Re-Run...Recycling racehorses


Days End Farm Horse Rescue

Horsefaces...free transport for rescued horses

Stop the Slaughter

Life Foundation


Premarin is a "natural" hormone estrogen-replacement drug used to ease the symptoms of menopause. This is a natural hormone if your native food is hay!!! This drug is made from the urine of pregnant mares.

An estimated 75,000 mares each year are impregnated with the resulting foals, "byproducts", being taken away to be used to replace the exhausted mares or they are shipped to the slaughterhouse and bound for the dinner table in Europe and Japan. That is 75,000 foals a year being needlessly and helplessly fattened up and slaughtered.

These mares must stand 24 hours a day, unable to lie down because of the short chains tying them to tiny stalls with concrete floors and insufficient bedding. Unable to even rest their heavy heads. A device is attached to them to catch the urine which ultimately rubs their underbelly and legs raw and causes painful yeast infections. Insufficient water and excercise shortens the life expectancy in these mares.

In the last two years, two different pharmaceutical companies have developed generic versions of Premarin and they have been trying to get FDA approval to market them. However, Wyeth-Ayerst is doing everything they can to prevent the generic versions from becoming available to the public as these will compete with their "killer" drug that brings them $1 billion a year. Please write to Wyeth-Ayerst, the manufacturer of this drug, and tell them you will not tolerate the mistreatment of these horses. Tell them that you will not take their "natural" drug.

Robert Essner, President
Marc W. Deitch, M.D., Vice President, Medical Affairs & Medical Director
P.O. Box 8299
Philadelphia, PA, 19101-8299

Call Wyeth-Ayerst toll free at 800-999-9384
Dr. Deitch at 610-971-5500.

Other Wyeth-Ayerst products are Phen-Fen and Redux, both have been taken off the market.

If and when these generic version become available sales of the urine produced drug will dwindle. This will become our best chance at ending these horses' nightmare. Wyeth-Ayerst has claimed these drugs cannot be called generic Premarin because they do not contain the impurities that "real Premarin" does.
Please write to the FDA and urge them to make a decision regarding the release of generic Premarin.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Att: Dr. Janet Woodcock
Center for Drug Evaluation & Research
1451 Rockville Pike
MSC-HFD 003 #6027
Rockville, MD 20852

Please visit these other very informative sites regarding this "killer" drug:

Premarin Farms Controversy

North American Equine Ranching Information Council

The above organization represents more than 500 PMU farms. They will be introducing Thoroughbreds & other valuable breeds into their breeding program to help improve the value of the foals produced through this urine collection process. They paint a prettier picture of this collection process. Read their articles and see what they have to say. But, overall, it is still inhumane to keep these horses tied up for months at a time!! Horses are natural wanderers. They can't wander, let alone move around, when they are tied up in the front and have something hooked up to the back of them. This is ultimately equine abuse!!!

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