US summit heads calls to end Premarin industry


equine-advocatesHorse welfare issues are in the spotlight next weekend as equine and medical experts get together for the fourth annual American Equine Summit.

Topics under discussion at the summit held at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY, will include horse slaughter; the transfer of Premarin (PMU – pregnant mares’ urine) production to China; alternatives to ERT/HRT drugs made from horse urine; and wild horse and sporting horse issues. The Summit will also include a statement by famed writer and political activist Gloria Steinem calling for an end to the 73 year-old PMU industry.

“I want to thank you for helping to alert the public to the dangers – to horses as well as to women – that have come with the use of pregnant mares’ urine as a source of human treatment,” Steinem wrote.

A preview of the new film, One Day, by Victoria Racimo about the rescue of 1977 Thoroughbred champion Our Mims promises an emotional conclusion to Saturday’s schedule.

The first Summit was held in 2012 in response to the threat of horse slaughter returning to the US. A meeting between Summit presenter, equestrian and philanthropist Victoria McCullough, and Vice-President Joe Biden resulted in Biden adding language to the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act to defund horse meat inspectors.

A 2010 toxicology report proved that individuals who consumed the meat of equines treated with the common anti-inflammatory drug Phenylbutazone could be at risk for life-threatening diseases. “The 2010 report and other studies about toxicity in horse meat changed the way our government and the EU view the slaughter of American-bred equines for food,” said Equine Advocates President, Susan Wagner. “It’s not only unethical, it also poses serious risks to human health and food safety.”

Presenters for the 2015 American Equine Summit include (in alphabetical order):

  • Paula Bacon, former Mayor of Kaufman, Texas  – Keynote
  • Alex Brown, Horseman and Author
  • Vicki Burns, Conservationist and Animal Advocate, formerly of Winnipeg Humane Society
  • Holly Cheever, D.V.M., Award-winning Large and Small Animal Veterinarian
  • John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance
  • Russ Mead, Esq., Animal Law Coalition
  • Victoria Racimo, Filmmaker, President of Palomino Entertainment Group
  • Jerilynn C. Prior, MD FRCPC, Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research, University of British Columbia
  • Loni Stewart, Canadian Horse Defence (sic) Coalition
  • Susan Wagner, Equine Advocates
  • Carol Walker, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
  • TanNa Young, Coordinating Producer, CBS’s “The Good Wife,” Filmmaker

Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates is a national non-profit equine protection organization. Its mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines through education, investigation, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public and through the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected equines.

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3 thoughts on “US summit heads calls to end Premarin industry

  • May 12, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for sharing and getting the word out, it is going to be yet another great Summit!!!

  • May 12, 2015 at 2:20 am

    November 30, 2014 you reported the EU was close to a decision to ban horsemeat exported from Mexico. Forgive me if I missed the outcome of that subject. Where are those talks now? The EU, and perhaps the rest of the world, knows all meat animals from the US are injected with antibiotics and hormones. If you take Premarin out of the equation, isn’t that enough to keep horsemeat processed in Mexico out of Europe? The slaughter and processing of horses may return to the US, but a ban on horsemeat from here is still going to put a big dent in the export. I think it was Italy, but horsemeat at a butcher shop was tested by the authorities and the presence of antibiotics and/or hormones. It was confiscated, of course, and the shop owner fined.

  • May 12, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Of all the injustices to American Horses, this one is at the top of my list of cruelty and inhumane industries! Lets stop this for good!!


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