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Premarin Premarin is the estrogen replacement drug of choice for most doctors whose patients suffer from menopausal symptoms Doctors have become so accustomed to prescribing Premarin for menopause that it has become an automatic response They write out a prescription without informing their patients what they will be ingesting some physicians are not even aware that these pills contain horse urine The creation of this wonder drug is also extreme cruelty to horses and is therefore wrong Unfortunately patients are also not informed that there are cruelty-free alternatives which provide all the benefits of Premarin There are more than 500 pregnant mares urine PMU farms located in Canada and the US Wyeth-Ayerst is the only company that manufactures this product This company currently earns approximately 1 billion per year on Premarin products With the aging of the baby boom generation Wyeth-Ayerst is looking forward to many more prescriptions and many more profits to come They refuse to concede that there is cruelty involved in the process of making Premarin The latest 19981999 research from Project Equus states that 55000 to 65000 mares are impregnated solely for their urine and placed on the PMU pee lines Impregnated constantly throughout their lifetime these mares are confined to tiny stalls and allowed minimal exercise during their 11-month pregnancies Their water intake is severely constrained so that their urine will be more concentrated with estrogen The mares must wear urine collection bags at all times These bags not only prevent them from lying down comfortably but they chafe and cause urine to soak the skin causing painful sores and infections around the vulva Horses often become lame after standing on concrete floors for months at a time When they are no longer able to produce enough estrogen they are sent to the slaughterhouse The results of these pregnancies the foals are nothing more
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