Every year, doctors prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — also referred to as menopausal hormone therapy — to hundreds of thousands of women experiencing menopausal symptoms. One of the most widely prescribed drugs for HRT is made from animal waste. The drug is Premarin, an estrogen-therapy drug manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now a division of Pfizer), which also produces Prempro. It also has a highly similar drug, Aprela awaiting FDA approval.
These drugs contain conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) made from horse urine, specifically pregnant mare’s urine. Not only has this form of HRT proved dangerous to humans, but also the horses kept confined, pregnant and milked for their urine. So many of their foals, taken away once they are weaned or nearly weaned, often end their young days in the slaughterhouse.
“We are not spiritually unconnected from the drugs we take, or the pain and suffering that goes into their making.”
— ALICE WALKER
“Sadly, my father’s contribution to medical science resulted in a prescription for animal cruelty. I encourage woman of all ages to learn more about Premarin and its many alternatives.”
— RON WILSON, son of the doctor who started the estrogen revolution.
“We crush ’em and recycle ’em . . . just like aluminum cans.”
— PAT HOUDE, kill buyer and equine feed lot manager, regarding Premarin foals and mares.
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