It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. Just recently those of us who remember protesting the horrible cosmetic testing done in the 80's on innocent mice, rabbits, cats, and dogs were recently shocked to learn that Senator Feinstein of California had introduced a bill which would make it mandatory to have cosmetics tested on animals again. Unbelievable -especially in this day and age when other countries -including the EU have recently banned cosmetic testing on animals.
Now another return to the cruel past involving pregnant mares. For years many of us were involved in trying to stop the selling of Premarin Drugs for hot flashes. Even an enlightened woman physician- Dr.Christine Northrup told women that they didn't need horse's urine.
The making of the Premarin drug caused thousands and thousands of mares to be tethered on a "pee" line -- unable to move much at all for the whole period of their pregnancy as their urine flowed from their vulvas into a small attached container. They were even given very little water to make sure that their urine was concentrated. Any woman knowing about this should have felt deeply for what these poor mares were going through. Sadly, they were either ignorant or fully trusted the doctors who prescribed this drug which was then heavily used.
Aside from this horrible cruelty- how could any intelligent woman believe that horses' urine is medicine? So desperate to assuage their night flashes- it seems they would take anything until finally a study proved that Premarin drugs were not only NOT beneficial but even harmful. At this time we who cared about mare suffering thankfully breathed a sigh of relief -- thinking the mares' nightmare was over until now when we found out about Premarin Vaginal Cream.
Obviously, the editors of these women magazines: Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, and Good Housekeeping either don't care that these innocent mares are suffering so terribly or they are woefully ignorant of it as they have all accepted revenue ads for Premarin Vaginal Cream.
Some months ago when I first saw the Premarin ads, I immediately made all three women magazine editors aware of my displeasure and cancelled my subscriptions. A couple of them thought I would change my mind and continued to send me their magazine. Finally, they stopped until today when I received one of the magazines again which still had the dreaded Premarin Vaginal Cream ad.
Well I tore it out, went to the internet and printed a "Premarin Cruelty" page and sent the material to the editor telling her again why I didn't want their magazine. I hope she gets the message this time -that I don't want their magazine as long as they are promoting Premarin Horse Cruelty. I only wish that there would be thousands more people like me, but sadly, I doubt that most will even give this cruelty a second thought.
Anybody out there who cares about mare suffering. -- please prove me wrong and cancel your subscriptions to any of the magazines which carry the Premarin Vaginal Cream ad. You can even go on the internet and contact the magazines re your displeasure. But I know that most will not bother, and this amazes me because it either says we don't really care about mare suffering or the effort is too time consuming. What about the men? Surely, this is more than a woman's issue.
I grew up when there were no cruel products like this one, and I think the women survived quite well without them.