animal abuse, animal trade, animal welfare, horse, Tierquälerei, Tierschutz

Peeing for Pause´s Pains

photo: Vivian Grant Farrell

photo: Vivian Grant Farrell

At first, this does not sound so bad for the animals: the pharmaceutical industry uses the urine of pregnant horses to derive hormones aiding humans during the times of menopause. You might have this strangely funny picture in your mind of people running after horses trying to gather the urine while the horses romp happily over green meadows. But reality´s image is harsh:

“The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer makes about a $1 billion a year by abusing pregnant horses for their urine. Conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) is used in menopause and osteoporosis drugs for Pfizer, and if this sounds crazy, it is! As the founding President of The Horse Fund, an equine advocacy organization, I have followed this issue for years, and really need your help to get Pfizer to stop abusing horses. Please sign my petition for Pfizer to stop using horse urine to produce conjugated equine estrogen for its Premarin, Prempro, Duavee, and other products.

In this horrible industry, mares are repeatedly impregnated for an average of 12 years, and spend 6 months of their 11-month pregnancy confined to stalls so small they have difficulty turning around or lying down. Most of this time is spent standing up on cold concrete floors. They are permanently attached to cumbersome rubber urine collection bags hanging between their hind legs that chafe their flanks, cause infections and severely limit movement.”

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Thank you for spreading the word on animal awareness!


2 thoughts on “Peeing for Pause´s Pains

  1. Judith Pannebaker says:

    One of my friends in Virginia adopted two Premarin foals. The babies were so small they didn’t know how to eat, but had to be bottle fed. When the foals were in the field, motorists would come to her door to berate her for taking them from their mothers at such a young age. Everyone was aghast after learning the story. I believe these two came from Canada or perhaps one of the Dakotas.

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