We made the following response to a comment on our Premarin 2019 Timeline and thought it might be worthwhile sharing with everyone as a post. We have altered it slightly to make the content clearer for this format.
Working as the Int’l Fund for Horses we are launching a social media campaign in Chinese and English in China. We originally thought that might not work. How many mature Chinese women are on social media?
Then we found out that most Chinese females 40 and under have learned to read and write English. So that’s why we will send our social media messages in both English and Chinese. That will reach the younger women who have English who can alert their female elders; and the 40+ women who do not have English.
We are also lucky because we have been able to get images of some of the Chinese versions of Premarin type drugs. This will help enormously on social media such as Twitter which relies heavily on visuals to catch attention.
The hugely disappointing part is that it appears the Chinese were either given, or have stolen/recreated Pfizer’s “recipe” for Premarin drugs and are manufacturing it themselves. Those drugs will be harder to identify but we have contacts who are trying to help us with that too.
The side effects will eventually show up making women question the use of these drugs.
Additionally, we have a British contact living and working in Hong Kong who is creating dual language posters warning of the dangers of these drugs listing them in their various Chinese names. We will try them out on bus shelters and train station platforms to start with. We have always had good outreach numbers at these type locations in other countries.
If you have ideas to share, or would like to help especially on social media such as Twitter, please use our contact form to get in touch with us.
The last of the PMU (pregnant mare’s urine) facilities operating in N. America in Canada are reportedly closing down according to an anonymous source. This has been a long time coming.
Fact or fiction, while that sounds like good news, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) drugs made from pregnant mare’s urine is on the rise in China where millions of women are already taking forms of it.
China is also where most of the world’s pregnant mare’s urine farms are.
Pregnant mares are repeatedly impregnated and milked for their urine in revolting conditions. The foals are immediately disposed of, often sent to local restaurants to be turned into “fresh off the hoof” dishes. Or, like the mares who can no longer get pregnant, are sent straight to a slaughterhouse. There are no rescues we know of for these horses anywhere in China.
We must educate the women of China about these drugs and where they come from. Sensitivity to animal cruelty is on the rise and trending big in all but the most remote areas of China.
We are excited to announce that we now have a strong set of enthusiastic volunteers in China to get the word out. And television has begun reporting what we are doing. We feel it is critical that we continue to build on what we have achieved.
The population of Przewalski’s horse, the world’s last surviving wild horse subspecies, is growing at a nature reserve in northwest China’s Gansu Province, with numbers estimated to reach 40 by the end of 2019 after the breeding season in May.
Two foals were born on May 17 and 22 respectively in Gansu Anxi Extreme-arid Desert National Nature Reserve, while many more mares are pregnant.
The Przewalski’s horses were reintroduced to the reserve’s semi-wild environment in 2005. Three breeding groups and one male group have been formed.
Since then, the fertility rate of breeding mares has been maintained at around 60 percent, with the survival rate reaching 85 percent.
The population of Przewalski’s horse increased from 19 in 2016 to 37 at the end of May, and is expected to exceed 40 by the end of 2019.
Przewalski’s horses historically lived on grasslands that are now part of Mongolia and China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The species came to the verge of extinction in the 1960s due to over-hunting and a deteriorating environment. Its entire global population now stands at less than 2,000.
Here are three things we are doing for PMU — or Premarin — horses right now:
1. Lobbying the FDA with the help of a specialist firm to return the word “equine” on all Premarin type drugs so it reads “conjugated equine estrogens” the way it did, and should*.
2. Working in China with a massive social media campaign warning women against the dangers of the Premarin family of drugs. This is where most of the horses are and where the largest volume of Premarin type drugs are being used.
3. Leafleting across the U.S. at women’s hospitals and clinics warning women about the dangers of the Premarin family of drugs and educating them on alternatives (expanding into Canada with your help).
This work is informative and necessary, and potentially life saving for women and the mares and foals used to make the drug then cast off.