Organized by: Andi Balser
Foal Haven: a safe home for rescued PMU foals.
A form of hormone replacement therapy typically prescribed during menopause, made using the urine of pregnant mares (its name is derived from the key ingredient: pregnant mares’ urine).
So, inside long barns in Canada, row after row of horses stand in small stalls, tubes snaking up from under them into vessels nearby. Horse gestation lasts for nearly a year, and on PMU farms about half of that time is spent in the stall where their urine is collected. Impregnated again as soon as possible, the mares are turned out to give birth and nurse their foals for about four months.
Selling it can be lucrative, but keeping hundreds of horses pregnant every year to harvest their urine has an obvious byproduct: hundreds of foals. And in Canada, where the slaughter of horses is legal, selling the resulting foals at meat prices is a pretty good secondary business. Thousands are killed each year.
This is the fate our foals are rescued from.
While the number of farms producing pharmecuticals with PMU has dropped precipitously in recent years, as questions about the safety have emerged - there are still farms with contracts and hundreds of foals heading for slaughter.
Involved in rescuing these foals, there is an enormous time and energy commitment, as well as logistical and financial aspects. There are travel expenses, hauling costs, veterinary and border fees, and, of course, the price of the foals.
Your donation will directly help to rescue and provide a safe haven for these foals. Every little bit helps: from bags of grain to hay bales, the foals themselves to veterinary costs, transportation costs to border fees.
Every dollar allows for these foals to be rescued and provided with a second chance.
The more we raise - the more we can save!
Learn more about us here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/04/04/massachusetts-women-make-their-mission-save-foals-headed-for-slaughter/D6sNxAz29E6oqMVnLorFhN/story.html#skip-target1