Flimsy Sanity: End of Hormone Therapy Causes Demise of Thousands of Horses

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, January 21, 2007

End of Hormone Therapy Causes Demise of Thousands of Horses

The market is flooded with thousands of horses no longer needed to produce hormones like Premarin.
For much of the 11-month pregnancy, mares are kept immobile in narrow stalls, strapped to urine collection cups. After the foals are born — one a year — the horses are re-impregnated and the cycle begins again. PMU mares can produce only for 12 to 13 years and are then adopted or slaughtered.

Full article here The article did not mention that the mares are usually restricted in their water intake so their urine is more concentrated.
If you think the mares have it bad, consider the pig. Rolling Stone article about Smithfield Foods will make you an expert on pig shit.

I grew up on a farm but a small farm where animals weren't too mistreated or overcrowded. Farming is one place where bigger is not better.

2 Comments:

  • At 12:06 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    The plight of intensively reared animals has always given cause for concern. Animal welfare societies in Britain have done much in that country to improve conditions, but the UK government is generally less prone to lobbyists than over here, and hence more likely to pass animal welfare legislation. The criminal irresponsibility of Smithfield Foods is appalling. How legislators can stand by and allow one man to create the animal equivalent of Belsen under their noses defies human understanding. However, one bright spark in the darkness - Poland chose to not be so accommodating to Joseph Luter. You can find out how HERE.

     
  • At 4:55 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    I hate to read about these things. I just can't stand for animals to suffer in any way.

     

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