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Horses & Donkeys are not Cows!
Please read what happens to horses forced to created premarin for women going into menopause and yes I personally know a little about this. I was told when forced into instant menopause to take this drug at age thirty four. I refused after reading what the mares were going through and the foals who went to auction and then meat buyers. Select FACTS ON PREMARIN MARES AND FOALS Please get educated on this. Not to mention the fact premarin does not work as effective and safe as other synthetic estrogen products specifically targeting less breast cancer. Question everything your doctor asks you to do it’s your health, get informed.
Copied from the link above FACTS ON PREMARIN MARES AND FOALS not my data.
Horses are not cows!
Horses are by nature wanderers, and although it is also not right for the privately owned horse to be cooped up in a box stall day after day, this is a completely separate issue: These mares are actually tied up in front and strapped in behind. They absolutely cannot turn around or take more than two or three steps forward or backward.
As for feeding, the horses are more than adequately fed — most farms feed hay, grain and oats, which is in excess of what the sedentary mare requires. PMU detractors say that this is to keep them in profitable slaughter-weight for when they break down.
Guidelines state that horses should be offered water no less than twice per day (now amended, because of adverse publicity, to twice that). Still, although the urine volume is less, PMU farmers supposedly prefer to water as little as possible, thereby increasing the concentration of estrogen in the urine — which is what it’s all about (the farmers are under contract to Ayerst for a certain volume of urine per collection season. They are paid based on the concentration of estrogen in the urine shipped). Contracts vary with each farm, but generally, the gross revenue from pregnant mare urine ranges from around $2,000 to $2,500 per mare per year.
Farmers, the low-men on the economic totem-pole in this business, are paid up to $11.00 U.S. dollars per one gallon of PMU (about $0.00275 per gram of estrogen collected). 43 million U.S. dollars was generated off of urine sales in 2002.
A filly foal has a less than one in 10 chance of not going to slaughter, a colt foal, less than one in 50!
As far as the use of catheters are concerned, PMU supporters say that they are no more (and in fact our research shows they were never used industry wide, if used at all) — now “urine collection devices” (UCD’s) are used. The UCD’s are not very hygienic for the mares, since they allow the urine to soak the skin of the vulva, sometimes causing severe infections and painful lesions.
As for the actual living space they have, current PMU farm guidelines (strictly “voluntary” guidelines that have no consequences, and are not enforceable in any way) state that for horses weighing under 900 lbs. the width of the stalls should be no less than 3.5 feet in width; for horses over that weight, the width is increased to 5 feet.
This may well be large enough for the horses to lie down — but so is a coffin for a person. Would you like to sleep in one? While pro-PMU people, PMU farm vets included, say that it’s enough room to lie down and sleep, some have contradicted themselves in print by saying that “horses can sleep standing up anyway.”
Horses can lock their legs and doze, but they must lie down for their essential ‘deep sleep’ period (in the wild and in pasture, horses lie down approximately three hours for every twenty-four). As for exercise, the guidelines leave that up to the discretion of the farm manager or farm employees.
HorseAid has carefully reviewed the guidelines with leading animal husbandry veterinarians and found them insufficient to protect either the wellness of the mares or the thousands of foals they produce. Our latest investigations reveal that even these inadequate guidelines are not being followed.
Pro-PMU people say, “It’s 20 below zero out there in the winter, which is when the mares are confined. It’s more humane to keep them inside.” However, no indoor arenas or turn-out pens were observed in any of the farms we visited. There are an estimated 125 producing mares on each farm (averaged across all farms – 150, if you include reserves, “hires” and foaling/nursing mares), and to hire employees to hand-walk each one even once a day would not be cost-effective (and so, usually not done).
As a result, the already too-fat mares have problems with stocking up, soreness and hoof/wall separation. At almost EVERY farm we visited, there was some form of respiratory distress evident in the mares “on-line”.
In addition to the physical stresses, mentally — horses cannot be compared to other constantly penned, tethered livestock (such as dairy cattle).
Typical PMU producing farm “collection” area
Are the Foals Really Sent to Slaughter?
Some of the farms observed, do breed quality draft and Quarter horses (and obviously care about the welfare of the horses they breed), while others use combinations (Appaloosas, Belgians, “Generics”, Percherons, and Thoroughbreds) of both registered and unregistered horses purchased at local auction (the most common breed being the Quarter horse, which is coincidentally, the most desirable horse breed slaughtered for human consumption).
The offspring from the former are sometimes sold for show purposes and sometimes fillies are raised to go ‘on line’ as soon as they’re able to conceive (usually at the age of 20 – 24 months), but mostly they go to slaughter.
Please do not support this greed!
Donkeys have been a beast of burden for far too long. Forced to be dragged by A.T.V.’s in the USA for being stubborn and not moving their feet when scared of the human. Ears cut off for not doing what the owner says and yes much worse things I can’t type here.
Donkeys are considered to be worthless in most of the world and it is a horrific myth as donkeys can do everything the horse can do if of full age and tall enough. Donkey can live in domestication thirty to fifty years. Please care and share this blog post.