PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).

A look at a PMU farm in China — and it’s not all about Pfizer

Pfizer’s international market for Premarin is open game for competitors without the U. S. Food & Drug Administration’s protection of the company’s monopoly trade secret.

The key component for the production of Premarin is the estrogen rich urine collected from pregnant mares. This business has become commonly referred to as the pregnant mare’s urine or PMU industry.

In 2005, a Chinese company — Xinjiang Xinziyuan Biological Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. — was formed for the express purpose of creating a Chinese PMU industry based in northwest China’s Nilka County, located within the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Breeding of PMU mares and sales of pregnant mare’s urine has since become the “sunrise industry” for the regional rural farm economy, providing a significant increase in income for the farmers and incentive to expand production and number of horses.

Pfizer is stated to be the reason for establishing Xinjiang Xinziyuan Biological, but the relationship described between the two companies is inconsistent.

On one hand, Xinjiang Xinziyuan Biological’s founding purpose is to dominate Pfizer’s international Premarin market as a Chinese competitor, while on the other hand Pfizer is said to be the primary contractor for pregnant mare’s urine produced by the “sunrise industry” that Xinjiang Xinziyuan Biological’s created, and which supplies Pfizer with the pregnant mare’s urine to manufacture the Premarin products.

Whatever the true circumstances are concerning Pfizer, the magnitude of gross cruelty to horses resulting from the creation of a domestic market in China for equine estrogen projects is in itself unthinkable.

Chinese version of Premarin cream.
Chinese version of Premarin cream.

The number of middle-age women in China presently within the target demography for estrogen products exceeds the total population of the rest of world.

The corresponding number of horses required to meet China’s domestic demand annually is greater than the the total number of horses used for Premarin production during the 75 years since FDA approval in 1942.

Here’s what a pregnant mare’s urine farm in Xinyuan County, China looks like.

PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).

PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).

This is only tip of the iceberg of what we will be bringing to your attention. The challenge has always been that the information we sought was quite naturally in Chinese. Now of course there are Chinese translation apps but as helpful as they are, they only get you so far.

We are working to find Chinese language translators with good English to help us not only with documentation but also to help us create alerts to the women in China through social media about the carcinogenic properties of drugs made with conjugated equine estrogens as declared by the World Health Organization. We are hopeful they will not be as blasé about it as American women seem to be. There are alternatives. Yet there may be a glimmer of hope on that horizon.

In the meantime, we have also received a tip that the bulk of PMU farms supplying Pfizer are actually in Latin America. Stay tuned.

39 thoughts on “A look at a PMU farm in China — and it’s not all about Pfizer”

  1. All quiet on the PMU front?
    I’ve searched, nothing since 2016.
    How can the whistle blowers on this industry be so successfully silenced? Is it ‘Giant Phama’? or ‘China’?
    I recently had an Asian couple stay in my bnb. They watched me playing with my chickens, calling them names. They were in the poultry farming ‘industry’. They were amused that I treated them as pets. In their factory from egg to slaughter, under 6 weeks. Force fed on growth hormones, often their legs broke from the weight. The said they cannot be considered a living being, just a food product. I’m certain the mares would fare no better.

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    1. There are pregnant mares being milked for their urine in various countries, but China seems to be dominating it. It is so vast it is difficult to isolate the farms. And the Chinese are not exactly coming forward about it. There are very few PMU farms in N. America and they exist solely in Canada now. So no, it’s not all quiet on the PMU front, it has simply moved.

      There is some interesting data here which we just posted here. We are still making our way through it. https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/chinas-equine-industries-in-a-transitional-economy/

      See also our Premarin® Year in Review for 2019. That will bring you up to date https://fundforhorses.org/2019/10/21/premarin-timeline-2019/. If you scroll down that page you will see earlier timelines.

      We have someone right now in Hong Kong working for us on the PMU issue, but the restrictions are incredibly difficult to get around, as you can imagine.

      Thank you for your interest in these horses. We will not forget them, nor forsake them.

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  2. This is so wrong why can’t we just leave animals alone and let them live in peace. why do we have to constantly try to use them for something experiments clothing food entertainment – we need animal rights to be able to protect these beautiful animals they’re not our slaves they’re here for us they are here on this planet with us.

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  3. Unfortunately here in the UK the HRT of choice of the NHS is normally Premarin due to its price. No where on their information sites do they state its origin & few women I speak to actually know what they are taking. Nice guidelines also support its use & the latest ‘research’ obviously biased pharma rubbish, claims that HRT does not cause breast cancer to encourage its use. Until we attack these issues at source women will continue to use it & the NHS will continue to buy it. I recently emailed Lloyds chemist chastising them about the fact that they stock this dreadful product & they replied saying that they wish they did not have to due to its origins but they were obliged to as a pharmacy that supplied NHS prescriptions!!

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  4. it is a disgusting industry and all for money. The outcome of these jhorses after living a miserable life is a miserable death. Women ,menopause is normal and suck it up.

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