Combating horse cruelty is a full-time job.
However, there is an issue that has a challenge not often faced.
This issue is the mares used and byproducts foals cast off to make the Premarin family of drugs, which now includes Duavee in North America and Duavive in Europe. The challenge is — we can no longer see them.
We can’t see the mares and what happens to them. We can’t see the byproduct foals and what happens to them. But we do know from Premarin’s decades long history in the US and Canada, where the “pee farms” were originally located, how these horses are treated.
They are no longer in the US; yes there are some remaining in Manitoba, Canada. However, based on continuing huge sales figures, there are countless thousands of mares located on PMU (pregnant mare’s urine) farms elsewhere operating for example in farflung countries like China.
We don’t know for certain how many horses are being used and how many foals are produced to make these diabolical menopausal horse pee drugs.
Jane Allin crunched the numbers and gave us a reliable insight into that (anything else you hear are inflated numbers with no basis in fact).
The long history of drugs produced with conjugated equine estrogens — taken from the bladders of pregnant mares standing in “pee lines” are dangerous to the patients who take them as well as the horses.
There is however something we can do wherever these horses are. That is raise as much awareness as possible.
HELP US HELP THEM
We must alert the doctors.
It is amazing the number of doctors who claim they had no idea these drugs are made with pregnant mare’s urine. This has no doubt been easier to conceal from the medical profession since the pharmaceutical industry took the word “equine” out of “conjugated estrogens” in labeling and product descriptions.
We must alert the people who take them.
We have some great tools available that didn’t exist when we began this battle years ago.
Those great tools we refer to are the heightened use and availability of an array of far-reaching social media outlets. If citizens can stage a successful revolution in other countries via Facebook and Twitter then surely we can raise great awareness on behalf of PMU horses and their foals.
HELP US HELP THEM
Therefore we are asking you to help us get the word out.
Tell us when you see ads for Premarin (particularly Premarin cream which is so prevalent at the moment), Duavee and Duavive products on television or in magazines or promoted by someone well known, or have their names linked to these drugs.
Let us know the date you see them, where you see them, and the product. In the case of television tell us what program you were watching.
We can use this information and select the right social media outlets to expose how these drugs are made and the consequences.
One of our clever volunteers takes her kids to the local Library once a week. She goes to the magazine section and looks through women’s magazines and makes a note of everything she sees and sends it to us with the magazine’s name, the issue date and the page number.
One of our advocates was in a doctor’s office with the usual long wait. She made the most of her time going through every single magazine she could using her phone to take pictures of the front of the magazine and the page the ad was on and sent them to us.
So put your thinking cap on! Do what you can. And share your ideas with us. It will inspire and motivate, and help these dear horses who have no one else to help them but us.