End Unnecessary Torment of Horses on Premarin Farms

Target: Ian Read, Pfizer President

Goal: End the systematic torture of horses abused in the manufacturing of the hormonal drug Premarin.

Premarin, broken down into pre-mar-in, is a shortened way to say “pregnant mare’s urine.” And that’s exactly what it is: a collection of the concentrated hormones found in the urine of pregnant mare’s. Pfizer has over 70 farms in the country that systematically abuse these horses, constantly impregnating them, confining them, and tossing their babies to slaughter.  All in the effort to make a product that has viable, humane alternatives.

Every year, hundreds of horses are confined to stalls so small they cannot turn around or even lie down and forced to endure constant pregnancy without ever having the chance to raise their foals in peace. They are strapped with urine collection bags and restricted water in an effort to concentrate the amount of estrogen found in their urine, all to supply the demand for Premarin products. Pfizer manufactures this drug from the urine of these horses. Pfizer also self regulates these Premarin Farms through their own code of practice, virtually allowing them to define their own standards of care. Because there is no minimum of care or scrutiny from outside governing entities, these horse are neglected basic freedoms such as movement, water, fresh air, proper housing or lighting. Their foals are considered “by-products” of the industry and are stolen from them and sent to auction or to slaughter. These horses are seen as merely machines for this dirty industry, constantly pregnant and abused for eight to nine years until their bodies can no longer be impregnated, when they, too, are sent to slaughter.

It is time for Pfizer to end this cruel systematic torture of these majestic creatures. There are numerous, humane alternatives available to women who wish to suppress the unwanted side effects of menopause. Along with simple lifestyle changes, there are also several herbal remedies on the market as well as synthetic and plant-derived forms of Premarin that don’t involve the unnecessary anguish and  suffering of thousands of innocent horses. Please tell Pfizer their cruel methods for making a drug that is humanely available will no longer be tolerated; end the prostitution of these beautiful creatures once and for all.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Ian Read,

I was shocked and disheartened to learn that Pfizer still inflicts needless suffering and pain on thousands of horses every year in order to produce the drug Premarin. I understand this drug is used to alleviate the symptoms associated with menopause. However, there are numerous, viable alternatives available that don’t involve the abuse and suffering of animals.

The horses imprisoned on your more than 70 Premarin Production Farms endure years of painful confinement. Being housed in stalls too small for them to lie down or turn around, constantly impregnated and denied adequate water, never given the chance to enjoy sunlight or a painless existence. These horses are treated as mere machines, only good for the eight or nine years they can continue to produce foals and the highly coveted estrogen in their urine. They are forced to endure the anguish and pain of having their babies stolen from them soon after birth to be sold at auction or to slaughter. The injustice inflicted upon these creatures is immeasurable and intolerable.

Please shut down your Premarin Production Farms and opt for producing synthetic or plant-based, humane alternatives.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Aysha Besher says:

    It must be Mother Nature fighting back that women using Premarin get cancer and die painfully.

  2. J Davidson says:

    These horses never lie down to sleep. They are kept in an upright position for their entire lives. Imagine if you could never lie down and sleep. Horses need this as we do.

  3. Kathy Schnell says:

    Why does it have to be horse urine? Why can’t it be human urine. Offer pregnant women a job producing estrogen rich urine. There would be a never ending supply and it wouldn’t be full of horse medicines that aren’t good for people. But it would screw up your god damn business plan, wouldn’t it?

  4. paula Martin says:

    Why must we make everything on this planet suffer horrible conditions just to make the all mighty dollar- to the makers of this crap, you need to take this completely off the shelves- we women do not want what your selling- i am sure that there are better ways to help women that doesn’t include you abuseing poor animals, shame on you- you know your drug is killing women and yet you continue to do this, is there not enough law suits for you to quit killing us to make your money? I will never support you or your company and you will never get my business!

  5. i can’t believe what i am reading.. where do they find any of this necessary.this is cruel without a doubt and does need to be stopped how would these people(aka animals)like it if they where treated this way they are a living breathing horse that has the right to run in the fields and feel the earth under there feet to feel love and and be loved not used as some kind of machine to push out young for slaughter.. they need shut down. immediately

  6. Gail Lanigan says:

    I had no idea and I am shocked at my own ignorance of this incredibly cruel procedure. How it is allowed to continue in a country like the US a country that prides itself on human rights, but where are the rights of animals? These horses are suffering and it is allowed to continue, its beyond comprehension. I am shocked, dismayed and sickened that our Government allows this to continue. Horses are so very beautiful and we are so very lucky to have them as part of our world.

  7. Lisa Mayer says:

    This is a modern day HOLOCAUST ON THESE POOR ANIMALS!! SHAME ON THIS COMPANY!! THE CEOS, STOCK HOLDERS, AND THE LIKE HAVE NO SCRUPLES!!! SHAME. SHAME. SHAME!!!!!

  8. Lisa Mayer says:

    THESE CEOS, AND STOCK HOLDERS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE HORRIFIC CONDITIONS THAT THE HORSES MUST ENDURE!! SURELY SOME ATTORNEY COULD TAKE THE CASE CONTINGENT ON A SETTLEMENT OF EXTREME ANIMAL ABUSE!!! THERE IS ENOUGHT EVIDANCE TO SUE THIS COMPANY BIGTIME!!!! LOTS OF MONEY TO BE MADE FOR AN ATTORNEY WHO TAKES THE CASE!!

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