PMU Mares - The Abuse Continues…
Premarin is a medication taken by women who are going through menopause. Estrogen is taken from the urine of the mares to produce the medication.
PMU mares are basically baby machines that are impregnated for 10+ years straight. It is horrible. The foals of the mares are considered a by-product of the business and are taken from their mothers between 2-4 months old and are sent to the slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.
The Conditions of PMU Mares
In addition to the barn we have 3 large pastures where most of the horses reside. These paddocks are in PMU mares are forced to stand for the last 6 months of their pregnancy in a small stall and attached to the urine collector strapped between their hind legs. The estrogen rich urine sent to a container. They cannot WALK, STRETCH, SIT, LIE DOWN, and OR BARELY MOVE.
In addition to this torcher they withhold water from the mares to make their urine more concentrated, thus, they get more money for the urine. This leaves the mares in a constant state of thirst. Liver and kidney disease are common in PMU mares.
Can you imagine women having to stand up for 6 months while you are pregnant? I don’t think you can. They stand on cold concrete floors resulting in swollen legs, aching bodies and heavy fatigue.
Over 75,000 mares are standing in pee-lines today.
While the life expectancy for most horses is well into their twenties and thirties, this is not the case for the PMU mare. Those mares who are considered to be "good producers" may find themselves standing on the "pee lines" for as long as twelve to fourteen years before they finally burn out -- at which point they will be scrapped and sent to the slaughter auctions for meat. Those mares who don't become impregnated will also find themselves being sent to the slaughter auctions.
The foals born to the mares have a very short life. They are consider by-products of the PMU farms and are worth more sold at the slaughter auctions than they are to the farmer. On occasion, enough mares have stopped producing at one of the farms and the mares are sent to slaughter, then a few of the female foals may be saved, just waiting for a miserable life on the pee-line. When you think about it, if those are the only 2 choices, which one is better? Of course, neither. Resucing these poor animals is the only humane thing to do.