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12 May 2002
Mother's Day Tribute Remember the Premarin Mares on Mother's Day

From United Animal Nations - info@uan.org 

National Animal Group Asks Women to Remember Tens of Thousands of Pregnant Horses Used and Abused by Drug Industry

SACRAMENTO, California (May 10) -- As we celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday, May 12, United Animal Nations, a national animal advocacy and rescue group, is calling on women nationwide to remember the tens of thousands of Premarin mares for whom motherhood is little cause for celebration.

An estimated 35,000 to 40,000 mares are impregnated annually to fuel the production of Premarin, a hormone replacement drug made with estrogens derived from pregnant mares' urine. These mares spend six months or more out of the year tied up to urine collection devices in barns in Canada and the U.S. Midwest. Then, turned out to foal in the spring, the Premarin mares lose their babies late each summer when the three-to-four-month old foals are shipped to auction, most to be fattened for slaughter and shipment to European and Japanese meat markets.

UAN works to educate the public, and women in particular, about the source of Premarin (which is taken by an estimated 11 million women throughout the United States) and the availability of plant-based and synthetic alternatives. UAN's "I've Switched" campaign has hundreds of recruits who have made the compassionate choice to switch off Premarin for a cruelty-free alternative. UAN also conducts an annual Premarin mare and foal rescue adoption program.

"We urge every woman to share the truth about Premarin with at least one other woman on this Mother's Day," said UAN President Jeane Westin, who has a special reason for celebrating Mother's Day because an ancestor, Anna Jarvis, was the founder of this longstanding maternal holiday. "What better way to celebrate the special relationship between mothers and their children than by taking a stand on behalf of the Premarin mares and their baby foals who are so badly used by the pharmaceutical industry."

To help women share the message with a friend, UAN has a free E-postcard available via its website at www.uan.org. Just click on the link for the E-postcard and you'll be able to send a simple message about the Premarin issue and a beautiful photo of two Premarin horses to a friend. More information about the Premarin issue and UAN's Anti-Premarin Campaign also is available at www.uan.org/premarin/index.html

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