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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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