Goldmark's new best friend was one of 30 horses rescued this week from two Manitoba farms that supply urine from pregnant mares that is used to make Premarin, the popular drug used for estrogen-replacement therapy to treat menopausal women.
The farms sell the urine to Wyeth, the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant, which made almost $1 billion in Premarin sales in 2006. The Humane Society of the United States said most foals that result from Premarin-created pregnancies are eventually slaughtered for meat.
If you are taking supplemental estrogen (as I am) PLEASE consider a plant-based formula, such as Ethinylestradiol instead of Premarin (which derives its name from (PREgnant MARes' urINe). There is no need to bring these beautiful creatures into the world for the sole purpose of slaughter, for meat that we in the west would not even eat.