Saving the Innocents-Heather Evans Walks Across America

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On Sunday, May 21st, Heather Evans left the Live and Let Live Farm, an Equine Rescue facility in Chichester, NH, to walk 2400+ miles to Manitoba, Canada in an effort to raise awareness about the cruelty to horses in the production of Wyeth-Ayerst’s Premarin. Premarin is a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), used to treat menopausal or post-hysterectomy women and it is made from PREgnant MARe urINe.

To produce Premarin, pregnant mares are hooked up to rubber urine-collection bags and tethered in stalls so small they cannot even turn around or lay down comfortably. They are forced to stay in this position for 6 months, while their bodies are producing the most estrogen. They are deprived of water, so that their urine retains the highest concentration of estrogens. Within days of giving birth in the spring, the mares are re-impregnated. Fertile mares may go through this process many times, over years in their lifetime. The normal life expectancy of a horse is 25 years, these mares rarely live past 5 years.

The foals---all but a few kept for stud purposes or to replace worn-out mares, are sold at auction. From there, most go to feedlots to be fattened for slaughter. The mares too are slaughtered once they can no longer become pregnant or if they become too lame to stand in the small stalls.

Heather Evans, has chosen to fight a brave fight on behalf of these innocent animals and the women who suffer from breast cancer and other life-threatening diseases, as a result of Hormone Replacements like Premarin. She has raised money to support her trip through generous donations and the support of the Live and Let Live Farm’s philanthropic network. Heather, along with her dog Badger, will travel an average of 25 miles per day, walking on foot for the first two weeks to condition her horse, Tux, and plans to arrive in Manitoba in approximately 4 ½ months.

Once Heather has reached Manitoba, one of Canada’s many Premarin farms, she hopes to return home with a truckload of Premarin foals for adoption at the Live and Let Live Farm.

It is the hope of all the people supporting this noble effort, that Heather will be greeted by media coverage and the kindness of strangers along her route. She will be dependent on compassionate Americans to provide her with an overnight accommodation, water for her, Tux and Badger, a flake of hay, or just a corner of land to pitch her tent.

Any and all donations of time, money, food, shelter or a hot shower will be welcome.



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