Day: August 21, 2020

PMU mares – dirty million dollar business

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In 600 PMU farms in the USA and Canada, around 75,000 mares live cooped up on factory farms.

The estrogen-rich urine of pregnant mares (PMU = Pregnant Mare Urine) is a lucrative source of income for the 600 PMU animal factories.

The 75,000 mares in these PMU animal factories spend the majority of their long pregnancies tied up in small boxes, connected 24 hours a day to a device that collects their urine. The mares can barely move, lie down comfortably, roll on their side or lay their head on the ground and rest.
Many mares have to be slaughtered because they become lame as a result of the lack of exercise.

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Pregnant mares have to stand in very narrow stall compartments of about one and a half meters wide and two meters high to collect their urine. Between the third and ninth month of pregnancy, the urine of mares contains a particularly high amount of estrogens.

A rubber collecting container is attached to the vulva of each mare and collects the urine. The urine flows through a hose into a plastic canister. The mares are tied up in the stable compartments and can hardly move.

The mares have to stand there for up to six months. The urine collection device causes inflammation, chafing and open injuries. Due to the permanent standing, the mares suffer from severe pain and even bone changes.

Thousands of horses around the world are tortured for the pharmaceutical industry.

Hormones, so-called “conjugated estrogens”, are extracted from their urine for the treatment of symptoms during and after the menopause.  Most of the approximately 75,000 foals that are born each year are taken from their mother gone after four months. The foals are sold at meat dealers or fattened on the farm and later brought to the slaughterhouse

Autorided by Martina Kummer


My comment: A few years ago, most of the production farms were still in Canada and the United States. There are now only a few left there. A large part of the production was relocated to other countries with presumably even lower control frameworks, for example to China or India.

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Hormone preparations made from mare urine such as “Premarin” have been on the market since 1942, although the equal effectiveness of herbal substances and various alternative treatment methods have been known for many years.

Since then, pharmaceutical companies have made billions in sales.
When it became known in 2002 that the drug “Premarin” significantly increased the risk of cancer, heart attacks and strokes in women, demand initially collapsed.
In 2012, it was also determined that taking PMU preparations can promote breast cancer.
The patent holder of this active ingredient, Pfizer, the world’s second largest pharmaceutical company, has responded very cleverly to public concerns and is back in the PMU business thanks to a new drug.

“Duavive” (in the USA “Duavee”) is the name of the “magic drug” that is supposed to prevent osteoporosis in addition to menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep disorders.

In truth, however, it is just a PMU drug with the same composition as Premarin.
In Germany the preparation is sold under the name “Presomen”. Online providers even sell the “good old” Premarin without a prescription. The mare urine business is still worthwhile for the pharmaceutical industry.

But women who need something like this can do without PMU-containing medication, since PMU preparations are referred to as “conjugated oestrogens” on the package insert. When hormone treatment is essential, there are numerous preparations that can do without PMU.

Put your doctor under pressure to prescribe preparations that are not produced with the suffering of other mothers.

My  best regards to all, Venus

China / Argentina: China Working On Investing £2.7 Billion to Build 25 Factory Pig Farms in Argentina, Each of them Cramming 12,500 Sows Into Unhealthy, Overcrowded Sheds.

From ‘Farms Not Factories’ – England UK.

In China and Argentina, trade officials are planning to turn Argentina into a pork powerhouse to replace some of China’s 300 million pigs killed by, or euthanised to stamp out African Swine Fever (ASF). 55% of surveyed farmers in China have abandoned plans to ever raise pigs again.

The plan is to invest £2.7 billion to build 25 factory pig farms in Argentina, each of them cramming 12,500 sows into unhealthy, overcrowded and barren sheds, to supply China’s growing appetite for pork. This would practically double Argentina’s pig production from 8 to 15 million pigs per year requiring thousands of additional hectares of soy and maize for feeding, devastating ever more of their fragile native Gran Chaco forest, the second largest forest in South America after the Amazon.

WWF have published a report that supports the UN and WHO in warning that if we fail to protect natural habitats from wildlife exploitation and unsustainable food systems, we increase the probability of new human pandemic diseases. Factory farms themselves are also breeding grounds for human pandemics like the H1N1 Swine Flu virus that first appeared in factory pig farms in North Carolina in the late 1990s before emerging in 2009 as a global pandemic near a Smithfield-owned factory pig farm in Mexico.

So on top of putting pigs in Argentina at an increased risk of an African Swine Fever outbreak, the population there would be ever more exposed to dangerous pathogens, bacteria and viruses that can pass from animals to humans. To add to their nightmare would be the huge increase in pig waste which causes air, water and soil pollution and sickens local residents. Conveniently for China, Argentina does not have a national environmental law and experts believe that the weak regional laws are not up to the task of imposing regulations on giant agri-industrial corporations in a political battleground where gunmen terrorise and kill local environmentalists.

Collusion between the Chinese and Argentine governments to build these massive pig factories is generating unprecedented resistance among the so-called beneficiaries – the Argentine general public. Combined, their petitions have gathered almost 400,000 signatures; please sign and support!

It is not impossible to stop these factory farms getting permission and even closing them once built. One of the episodes in our Farms Not Factories’ country specific film series, #PigBusiness in Chile, recorded the success of the neighbouring residents in their battle with Government police that achieved the closure of the corporate pig factory giant AGROSUPER on safety grounds. It is in all our interests to campaign against the expansion of factory pig farming, not least because this summer, Chinese scientists reported a pervasive new H1N1- G4 virus in China’s vast pig factory operations which contains “all the essential hallmarks” of a virus that can potentially cause a new human pandemic.

Amongst the many pig factories being opposed by local residents across the world, we must include those in the UK that such as Aldoborough, Norfolk where local residents have mounted a campaign against plans to build 2 factory pig farm sheds just outside the village within 250 metres of 26 residential properties that would inevitably be affected by toxic emissions, stench, light pollution and noise. The decision, in spite of a formidable legal challenge, might be made as early as 17 September, and the consultation period has now closed. We will keep you posted on this.

The solution is to buy local food from high welfare farms. This week we interviewed Anthony Davison, creator of BigBarn, the UK’s no.1 local food website. Anthony tells us about the importance of having access to local food networks and thereby finding healthy food at a fair price to both producer and consumer by cutting out the middlemen, not least supermarkets. By using the power of our purse, we can halt the horrors of global trade and help UK farms survive without becoming animal factories.

Foie Gras: Check Out More From Jessica At

We had a very nice e mail from Jessica this morning (21/8) who is a student working on a college journalism capstone project.  Jessica’s aim is to build awareness on the immense suffering caused in the Foie Gras production process.

Jessica says to us: 

I’m writing to you because I want to help prevent the suffering of ducks and geese in inhumane food production.

We have immediately sent on all of Jessica’s info to our friends at CIWF in London –  and also provided Jessica with their Foie Gras website link;  so that she may get extra info here.  Philip, the CEO (and personal friend) at CIWF has come back and informed us that a team member will be providing further assistance.

In the meantime, you can check out Jessica’s Foie Gras site by clicking on the following links;

It is great site Jessica; and hopefully you can build even further using the data that will be provided by Philip and the crew at CIWF.

Regards Mark

Venus Additional Notes:

Germany and another 15 member states of the EU prohibit the production of foie gras, as do Switzerland, Great Britain, Australia, India and Argentina.

But this raises the question of how EU policy can justify the fact that in the case of such cruelty to animals, importation and sale are permitted.

It is forbidden to “produce” foie gras in each of these countries above, but it does not contribute to the avoidance of animal suffering, because that only leads to the “outsourcing” of the suffering to other countries.

The Israeli Supreme Court has outlawed the production of foie gras since 2005 due to its incompatibility with the Animal Welfare Act.

In Chicago, the production and sale of foie gras is completely banned.

In 2012 Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a ban on the production and sale of the “delicacy” for California, which was finally confirmed by a court in September 2017.

In the opinion of many lawyers, the “production” of duck and foie gras violates EU Directive 98 / 58CE, which deals with the protection of animals on breeding farms and states, among other things: The way feeding and watering must not cause unnecessary suffering or harm to the animals. “

From a medical point of view, a fatty liver (steatosis hepatis) is a pathologically altered organ of a deliberately made sick animal which, according to hygiene regulations, should not be offered for human consumption.

For this reason, PETA has filed numerous complaints against star chefs and restaurants with several public prosecutors throughout Germany because foie gras violates the Food, Consumer Goods and Feed Act as well as the meat hygiene ordinance.

The French Ministry of Agriculture announced in January 2008 that the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism (food poisoning), has been found in French duck foie gras.

The foie gras came from the Montfort company. The product was withdrawn from the market and the manufacturers were warned.

After the outbreak of a bird flu epidemic in November 2015, many countries decided, including Japan, China and Morocco, for safety reasons no longer import foie gras from France for the time being.

The slump in exports led the producers into a crisis, which the government tried to cushion with a month-long production stop instead of consequently phasing out production completely. In 2017, the rampant avian flu again led to mass killing of birds in France and a 40% decrease in the “production” of foie gras there. (Info, PETA)

Our past links on the disgusting abusive issue of Foie Gras: