“Someday I hope to grow up to be dog food just like my Premarin mom.” The truth is, most of these babies never even get a chance to grow up. Like nurse mare foals they are often slaughtered while young. There are humane alternatives to treating menopause symptoms. Ask your doctor to about alternatives to Premarin — easing your hot flashes and insomnia are not worth the life of a horse, and is not necessary.
Premarin is the commercial name for a medication consisting primarily of conjugated estrogens. Isolated from mares’ urine (pregnant mares’ urine), it is manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (part of Pfizer since January 2009) and has been marketed since 1942. It is available in oral (0.3/0.45/0.625/0.9/1.25 mg), IV, and topical (vaginal) form. (Wikipedia)
According to one rescue organization, Ray Of Light Farms:
“What is the job like for a Premarin mare? While a mare is in the production, or pee, line she stands in an enclosure so small that natural movement is not possible. She is fitted with a urine collection bag, and stands, sometimes full-time, for six months of each year. The mare is allowed to eat, but water intake is limited in order to concentrate the urine.
In spring, the mare is released to pasture to give birth. She is allowed to spend the summer with her foal, but after the first frost of fall, she is separated from the foal. If the mare produces urine well and can be impregnated again, she will return to the pee line. Otherwise, she is either sent to slaughter for sale in Europe or Asia for human consumption, or if she is lucky, she may be purchased at auction to be rescued and adopted.
And what happens to her foal? It may either be incorporated into the pee line itself, it may be fattened for slaughter, or, with luck, it may be adopted”