Letter: Unnecessarily cruel
The hormone replacement drugs Premarin, Prempack-C, Prempro and Premphase have a dirty little secret: They are derived from the urine of pregnant, suffering mares. To obtain the estrogen-rich urine needed for these medicines, tens of thousands of pregnant mares are tethered in tiny cement-floored stalls without adequate exercise, water or veterinary care. Their water is rationed so that their urine is highly concentrated with estrogen. The mares are fitted with rubber urine collection bags which rub sores on the animals’ hindquarters and legs. Injuries result from standing on concrete floors with no bedding.
So the mares can be put back on the “peeline” right away, they are impregnated again within days of giving birth. For most of these horses the cycle of impregnation and confinement continues year after year until they become lame or infertile, at which time they are slaughtered for meat.
The tens of thousands of foals produced from these “forced” pregnancies are considered a mere by-product of urine collection, and are killed so their meat can be exported to Europe and Japan. Even though Premarin foal rescue groups exist, they can only save a mere fraction of animals born.
There are many negative health effects attributed to Premarin use. If you look at the side effects of this drug in magazine advertisements, you will be amazed at how many are listed.
Premarin is the only menopause drug still made with animal-derived estrogen. Safe, effective synthetic and plant-based alternatives are readily available to treat menopause symptoms. Please make the switch and save animal lives. For more information phone 224-1361.