Premarin Horses and China

The last PMU (pregnant mare’s urine) facility operating in N. America — in Canada — is reportedly closing down. This has been a long time coming.

However, 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.

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

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.

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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.

Please make a donation today to help pay for ads, subway signs, billboards and other marketing materials, plus translations for the media.  Support this vital work in China, and help continue our outreach to women across America too.

Thank you so much!

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Georgia on our minds

Gorgeous Yearlings. By Frank Sorge/Arnd.nL.
Gorgeous Georgia Yearlings. By Frank Sorge/Arnd.nL.

Greetings and welcome! This is just for you Georgians.

However, if you don’t live in Georgia, you don’t need to wait until we call your State to take part. Please scroll down to the Take Action section.

Georgians, the horses need more cosponsors from your State than just one, and possibly two.

GEORGIA COSPONSORS

Here’s the drill on the last three federal horse slaughter bills to the one pending now in the 116th Congress, including cosponsors.

113th Congress (2013-14)

H.R.1094 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013
183 Cosponsors
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA-7)

— Cosponsors from Georgia
• Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. [D-GA-4]
• Rep. John Lewis [D-GA-5]

114th Congress — (2015-2016)

H.R.1942 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2015
Introduced by Rep. Frank C. Guinta [R-NH-1]
199 Cosponsors

— Cosponsors from Georgia
• Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. [D-GA-4]
• Rep. John Lewis [D-GA-5]

115th Congress — (2017-2018)

H.R.113 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2017
Introduced by Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL-16]
218 Cosponsors

— Cosponsors from Georgia
• Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. [D-GA-4]
• Rep. Sandford D. Bishop, Jr. [D-GA-2]

116th Congress — (2019-2020)

H.R.961 — Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019
Introduced by Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL-9)
151 Cosponsors (as of 6/17/2019)

— Cosponsors from Georgia
• Rep. Sandford D. Bishop, Jr. [D-GA-2], April 12, 2019

GEORGIA ON OUR MINDS

We’re trying to figure out why out of 14 Districts in the State of Georgia there are only at the most two cosponsors.

This is a bipartisan issue. Always has been. In other words, it is not a Democratic or Republican cause. Two of the most recent SAFE Acts were introduced by Republicans.

HORSES IN GEORGIA

The horse is important to the State of Georgia, and contributes much to the economy. The University of Georgia reports:

The Georgia equine industry is a healthy and growing segment of the state’s economy. There are more than 74,000 horses in Georgia today, and the breeding and care of these horses has an economic impact of more than $750 million dollars each year. UGA Extension provides resources to help further Georgia’s growing reputation in horse production.

While Georgia isn’t one of the top ten horse producing states in terms of sheer numbers, the quality of Georgia’s horses and horse facilities has received national recognition. Over the years, many well-established trainers have moved their operations to Georgia, taking advantage of the temperate climate.

The most common breeds include Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walkers, Paints, American Saddles and Appaloosas.

One would think that the good people of Georgia would certainly want to protect such a precious asset as the horse, and do right by them morally and physically.

The clue may be in the breeds of horses in Georgia.

Both the American Quarter Horse and the Tennessee Walking Horse are highly popular in Georgia, and typically speaking, their breeders do not generally cast a friendly eye toward the banning of horse slaughter.

However, there is also a hugely serious human element that goes beyond protecting the horses, and a highly moral one. And that is . . .

The drugs American horses are routinely given throughout their lives bar their meat from entering the human food chain, containing known, proven carcinogens deadly to human human health.

TAKE ACTION

If you are a Georgia resident, please contact your U.S. Representative. It will only take about 10 minutes. Really!

Check out our ‘get the job done in a few quick, easy steps you can do online any time day or night’ guide »

If you need to find the instruction page again, it’s the first item in the drop down box, upper right hand corner, under Action for Horses™ here on Tuesday’s Horse.

URGENT

We need 290 cosponsors to bypass the Committees this bill is in. Every single cosponsor is highly valuable.

So let’s go get us some cosponsors for H.R. 961 and our horses.

Next up, Illinois.

Thank you!

The killing fields of Churchill Downs and horse racing

Historic twin spires of Churchill Downs where racehorses are routinely killed. Photo by Abbie Myers.

Tim Sullivan, writing for the Louisville Courier-Journal states:

Of the 25 racetracks that share their casualty counts with the public, only one was more deadly last year than Churchill Downs.

And despite its recent rash of gloomy headlines, it wasn’t Santa Anita.

Only Illinois’ Hawthorne Race Course lost horses at a faster pace than Churchill Downs did in 2018, according to the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database.

Over the past three years, only the boutique meet conducted at California’s Sonoma County Fair exceeded Churchill’s race-related mortality rate.

Unlike its Kentucky colleagues at Keeneland and Turfway Park, Churchill Downs does not publicly disclose its racing fatalities, but a spokesman for the track confirmed figures obtained through a public records request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Those records show the home of the Kentucky Derby has lost 43 thoroughbreds to racing injuries since 2016, a 2.42 per 1,000-start average that was 50 percent higher than the national average during the same three-year span.

Last year, with 16 fatalities in 5,856 starts, Churchill’s death rate was higher still: 2.73 per 1,000.

Source: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/horse-racing/2019/03/27/churchill-downs-horse-fatalities/3284846002/

Safety of Racehorses Comes in Dead Last

Ruben Hernandez, writing for the Louisville Courier-Journal on this year’s Run for the Roses observes:

To argue that other horses were put danger is an issue that should be taken up with the management of Churchill Downs because 20 horses don’t enter themselves into the race. Based on this logic, one would have to conclude that a field of this size is put in danger once the gates open.

Source: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/2019/05/10/reader-supports-maximum-security-kentucky-derby-win/1163058001/


Our View

There is no “fix”. Certainly not one that can be done quickly with any type of regulation. The horse has “bolted” so to speak. It will take years of clean breeding to return racehorses to the durability and robustness required. In saying that, it very well may be too late for American bred horses.

US racehorses are suffering catastrophic breakdowns and deaths because of decades long chemical abuse. They are administered a virtual unending list of drugs from the time they are foaled until they reach a racecourse — if they ever arrive there. This over zealous drugging has a debilitating impact which is being passed on from offspring to offspring. Weakness and unsoundness are being bred in.

We are right on the money, but don’t take our word for it. Consider these words:

“Chemical horses produce chemical babies. Performance-enhancing drugs must be banned if we are going to survive as an industry and if thoroughbreds are going to survive as a robust breed.”

– Arthur Hancock
Breeder of Three Kentucky Derby Winners

Big Brown wins the Kentucky Derby in 2008. Image: Photo: Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs.
Big Brown wins the Kentucky Derby in 2008. Image: Photo: Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs.

2008 US Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown, seen winning the Kentucky Derby above, received regularly monthly treatments of Winstrol, an anabolic steroid banned in 10 states—yet in none of the states where the Triple Crown horse races are contested.

Jane Allin writes:

The current state of horse racing in North America is best described as a volatile cocktail fueled by economic greed together with increasingly fragile horses and pervasive drug administration that has transformed this once distinguished “Sport of Kings” into a controversial, much maligned commercial industry rife with abuse and disregard for its athletes.

It all just needs to stop.

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Related Reading

Time Magazine
http://time.com/5582343/horse-deaths-kentucky-derby/ »

The Horse Fund
https://horsefund.org/the-chemical-horse-part-1.php »

Three things we are doing for Premarin horses

Rescued Premarin foals. Photo: Vivian Grant Farrell.
Rescued Premarin foals. Photo: Vivian Grant Farrell.

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.


Make a donation now in support of this critical work.
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We are the only voices PMU horses have. When we remove the demand for these drugs we remove the demand for pregnant mare’s urine thereby freeing the horses.

Share this with the women in your life and anyone else who might be exposed to this drug.

Helpful Links

Alternatives to Premarin®.

Premstoppers campaign page at The Horse Fund website.

Donate to Premstoppers.

Thank you for your caring support of women and horses.


* A conjugated estrogen can be made from plants.