FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES, INC.
A Foal Recovery Program
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the adoption and placement of Premarin � foals.
Little known facts about PREMARIN � and the mares and foals who die for it...
Much controversy surrounds the 2 Billion Dollar Premarin Industry.
An industry that has kept true facts regarding the manner in which it produces
and markets its product clouded in secrecy.
The controversy generates from a very vast cross-section of the general public. Women's Health Groups, Health Care Professionals, Citizens Against Government Waste, Animal activist groups, and horse owners alike.
Premarin, a drug prescribed to alleviate symptoms of menopause and prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal
women is extracted from Pregnant mare’s (female horse) urine.
Premarin � works by substituting equine estrogen's for those no longer naturally produced by the human body.
Most women who take Premarin are unaware that it’s key ingredient, labeled as "conjugated estrogens" is
extracted from horse urine. Not only are they unaware of what they are ingesting but they are also unaware of
the controversial methods used by pharmaceutical giant Wyeth-Ayerst in the collection of the
Pregnant Mares Urine.
The mares are tied at the neck in narrow stalls to restrict their movement and harnessed with urine collection pouches for six to seven months of their 11 month pregnancy. They are minimally watered to ensure high concentration of estrogen in the urine. Under normal conditions, a mare would live 20 to 30 years. PMU mares are kept in production (pregnant) 8 to 9 years. At the end of their use, or if they do not immediately become pregnant again they are sent to slaughter.
Life on the PMU farms is so harsh that one fourth of the mares are replaced every year.
According to current statistics, there are 450 PMU farms throughout Canada and
North Dakota, using 65,000 mares.
The foals (baby horses) are an unwanted by-product of the Premarin industry. Many of them do not survive the harsh conditions of the prairies on which they are born, and those that do are destined for the annual slaughter auctions. Fillies (females) stand a slightly better chance of surviving as some are kept to replace worn out mares. Any surviving foals are slaughtered and shipped to Europe and Japan for human consumption.
Premarin has been in production since 1942. It is an industry that generates billions of dollars per year. While the profits continue to increase the conditions in which the mares are kept has seen little or no improvement.
There is no official government regulation for the treatment of PMU mares, only a "Code of Practice" that was written by the drugs’ manufacturer Wyeth-Ayerst for the PMU farmers to follow.
The significantly shorter life span of the PMU mares is clearly an indisputable indication that the "Code of Practice" is inadequate regarding proper care.
The manufacturing of Premarin � is solely responsible for the questionable treatment
of mares and the slaughter of tens of thousands of their foals.
Sixty years have past since Premarins' inception.
Medical and technological advancements have been numerous, and today there are many
natural and synthetic alternatives to Premarin�.
LINKS TO THESE ALTERNATIVES CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Cenestin by Duramed ~ soy and yam
Climara by Berlex ~ beets and yams
Estinyl by Shering ~ totally synthetic
Estrace by Mead/Johnson ~ yams and soybeans
Estraderm by Novartis ~ sweet potato
Ogen by Upjohn ~ vegetable sources
Ortho-EST by Ortho-Mcneil ~totally synthetic, yams
Provera by Upjohn ~ soy
The Journal of American Medicine
(March 21, 2001-Vol.285, No. 11) published
Estrogen Replacement Therapy and Ovarian Cancer Mortality
in a Large Prospective Study of US Women.*
This comprehensive study summarized that post menopausal estrogen use for 10 or more years was associated with increased risk of ovarian cancer mortality that persisted up to 29 years after cessation of use.
Numerous studies have documented the negative health affects attributed to Premarin use.
The drug has been linked to the onset of gallstones, strokes, and various cancers.
More than 8 million American women take a daily dose of Premarin.
As the baby boomer generation matures those numbers are likely to increase,
as will the negative health effects.
Your choice to use an alternative will help bring an end to this cruel industry. Now armed with facts and information women can make informed choices regarding their health care.
*re-prints of the study are available through
The American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton road NE, Atlanta ,GA 30329-4251 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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LINKS TO THESE ALTERNATIVES CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
After learning the plight of the PMU foals there was absolutely only one thing to do...
GET INVOLVED !
FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES, INC.
began after years of working with United Pegasus Foundation
Our goal, to find good adoptive homes for PMU foals. The most difficult aspect of the adoption
process was that foals had to be paid for sight unseen before the slaughter auctions. As human
nature has it, very few people will buy something without seeing it. Especially a horse!
Foals that were not pre-purchased, or adopted in our area, would continue on to the west coast,
to United Pegasus Foundation. Each year we were left with an empty barn and people wanting foals to adopt.
Knowing there were tens of thousands of foals needlessly going to slaughter, we had to do more...
In July 2001 we became a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated strictly to the rescue,
adoption, and placement of PMU foals. We are converting a 165 acre former dairy farm, located 30 miles
southeast of Erie, in Spartansburg, PA. into A Foal Recovery Sanctuary. As the number of foals destined for
slaughter continues to multiply so does the need to further develope and expand our sanctuary. This is a goal
that can only be achieved through the support of caring, concerned individuals, corporate sponsors, and
volunteers. The needs of the rescued foals, awaiting adoption are many. Hay, feed, wormer and veterinary care
are expenses that are first priority. Safety fence, shelters, water lines, and electricity for the pastures, are bare
necessities, but extremely expensive and currently unattainable. As we struggle to rescue as many foals as
financially possible, the "killer-buyers" purchasing foals for the meat market continue to drive prices to record
highs. Donations to our "Foal Fund" are desperately needed to help defray these increases and keep adoption
fees affordable. Please help us accomplish these goals so that we may save the lives of the innocent from this
guilt free industry.
Shown below are some of the 2001 foals enjoying turn out time.
SAVE A FOAL’S LIFE
ADOPT OR SPONSOR A PMU FOAL
Grade PMU Foals (3-5 months old) will be available for adoption at
FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES, INC.
Spartansburg, PA late every September.
Adoption or sponsorship is estimated to cost approximately *$600.00,
final adoption fees are determined by market factors and transportation expense to Spartansburg,PA.
If you can provide a loving home to a foal please call 814-654-9733.
If you are not able to place a foal at your barn, please consider sponsorship or a doantion.
Donations will be used to save the lives of as many foals as possible.
If you are interested in adopting a foal, you may request a 1st. 2nd. or 3rd. choice of specific breed, sex, color by sending a $550.00 deposit along with a completed adoption application by .August 01, 2002. We will do our best to purchase a foal matching your reqest. Should you not be satisfied with the foal purchased for you we will refund your deposit when that foal is adopted.
We are trying to raise enough money to rescue 20 -25 foals in 2002.
We are looking for long term quality care giving homes for these foals.
Donations are desperately needed. No donation is too small, nor is any service insignificant.
Operable used farm equipment, halters, wormer, buckets, and feed, are also needed.
Our scrapbook of just a few PMU foals in their new homes
PMU foals come in all sizes shapes and colors. Adopting a PMU foal is quite different than visiting a breeders barn, at a Breeder's barn you will most likely have the choice of a few foals all of the same Breed. When our barn is filled with foals we have everything from Large Draft Breeds to Appaloosa's and Quarter Horses.
........................"Casper" ...................................................."Pepper & Destiny" ....................................."Splash"
*Adoption fees are factored at cost. If the foals are purchased at the slaughter auction they are purchased by weight, with larger breeds bringing a higher price. If purchased at the farm, purchase price is determined by the farmer.
FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES, INC.
Do you currently own a horse? YES______ NO ______ If so how many?______________
Are your horses boarded? YES______ NO ______ Live at home?____________________
Please describe the facilities for caring for your adopted horse_____________________
Type of fencing___________________________________Acres fenced______________
Have you had previous experience in caring for a foal? YES__________ NO __________
Do you intend to breed this foal in the future? YES______ NO________ Unsure ______
This is a foal rescue , we will do our very best to acquire your first choice foal understand that we wish to emphasize we DO NOT GUARANTEE SPECIFIC BREEDS. We try our best to find the foal of your choice. These foals are 3-5 months old and run through the auctions in small herds. If you are not satisfied with the foal brought in for you we will refund your deposit when that foal is re-adopted.
Please state your preference for breed or type :
PMU foals are NOT registered, we can not guarantee specific breeds
What type of use do you plan for your adopted horse?____________________________
This will help our representatives find you a foal with the correct conformation for your needs.
Please provide the name address and phone number of your Veterinarian:_____________
We will secure a written Veterinary Refrence in order to approve your adoption.
It is understood that adopter will provide proper stabling, veterinary and farrier attention as needed for good health and preventative care.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY:
Purchasing party shall assume all responsibility, risk, and liability for the care and control of the foal purchased in thier behalf by FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES INC it's agents or representatives from the date of purchase forward. The purchasing party shall hold FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES, INC. it's officers, directors, agents, representatives, or volunteers harmless from any claims of damage or injury, or acts of negligence, howsoever caused, to purchasing party or any other party. FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES, INC. can make no claim nor warranty for foals beyond their date of purchase.
Purchasing party agrees that neither he/she nor any assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians or legal representatives will make any claim against, sue, nor attach the property of FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES, INC it's officers, directors, or volunteers, for any actions or claims whatsoever arising from this purchase agreement.
I HAVE READ AND THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY IT.
Applicants under the age of 18 must include a statement of financial responsibility signed and dated by a parent or guardian.
Deposit of $550.00 retains the purchase of the foal, transport from the auction to a Canadian holding farm, feed while in Canada, Coggins fee, border fees, and partial payment of transportation fees to U.S.
Group vanning to nearest destination point has cost in the past $150.00 to $200.00 per foal. This amount is due and payable to the driver upon arrival of the foal.
Approximate Total cost $750.00 - $800.00 PMU foals are NOT registered, we can NOT guarantee specific breeds.
I AGREE TO NOTIFY FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES ,INC 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE RELOCATION OR TRANSFER OF THIS FOAL FROM THE LOCATION LISTED ON THIS ADOPTION APPLICATION.
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