Animal Writes
26 May 1999 Issue


Premarin is a drug put out in many forms since 1942 (pills, creams, injections,
patches) and is used to reduce the symptoms of menopause in women,
including women who have had a hysterectomy, to nearly eliminate their risk
of osteoporosis (the brittling of bones) and reduce their chance of heart disease
as part of estrogen therapy.

It is estimated that nine million women are currently taking Premarin (About
a third of the thirty-million plus post-menopausal women in the United States
are on estrogen replacement therapy, and of them, about 80% use Premarin).
As the women of the baby boom generation mature into their forties and fifties,
a whole new generation of women enters menopause. It is vital that they be
aware of how Premarin is produced and that alternatives ARE available!

The production of this drug has cost the lives of over a million horses. Premarin
is also controversial because the health risks to women from absorbing a
substance made from equine waste may not be fully known.

No laws or government regulations oversee the PMU industry.

Because so much Premarin is prescribed, its production requires the operation
of around 600 "farms," in which around 60,000 horses live their entire lives
penned in tiny stalls, unable to turn around or meaningfully lie down, deprived
of water, repeatedly impregnated, and continuously connected to plumbing
collecting that urine.

Over fifty-six years of Premarin production, over a million horses have lived in
cruelty and have then been slaughtered. This with public knowledge of the
methods of production only dating back to the last twenty years!

The FDA recently approved the first non-urine horse replacement drug.
Duramed got approval for its estrogen replacement drug.

"For more information, email PETA's Premarin Campaign Coordinator, Colleen
O'Brien, at [email protected]

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