For the last 40 years Premarin, Prempro and Prevara have been the go to drugs for the treatment of menopause symptoms in women. All three of these drugs are made using estrogens extracted from the urine of pregnant mares. Urine is collected from horse farms popularly known as pee farms, manly based in Canada and North America where thousands of pregnant mares are chained together leaving them no room to move or lie down. If this is not disturbing enough the horses are then fitted with urine collection devices 24 hours a day and a rationed water supply to make a more concentrated urine solution.
When foaling does take place they are released back in to fields but the tens of thousands of foal’s classed as nothing more then a by-product of the industry are then sent to slaughter along with any mares to old to continue producing offspring
In 1991 a study was carried out by the WHI (women’s health initiative) involving 161,808 postmenopausal women aged between 50 – 79 but this was abruptly ended after a increased risk of breast cancer was detected in women taking the estrogen-plus Progestin. The research showed a significant increase of deaths from breast cancer in the women taking the HRT. The figures show 2.6 deaths per 10,000 compared to just 1.3 per 10,000 deaths in the group taking the placebo.
Although these numbers may not seem high, once spread out over the whole population a huge amount of women would be in unnecessary danger. With not only the unfair treatment of the horses but also severe human health risks it leads us to the conclusion that something must be done to regulate this industry.