Stop Sucking Blood From Pregnant Horses to Induce Fertility in Pigs

Target: Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority

Goal: Ban the importation of meat products linked to equine chorionic gonadotropin extraction.

Pregnant horses are held captive in “vampire farms,” where they are hooked up to tubes that forcibly extract their blood. This horrific practice must be stopped.

Pregnant horses have long been used for some pretty horrific purposes. We’ve seen how they’ve been exploited for their urine by big pharmaceutical companies, not to mention cases where they’ve been killed for their fetuses. Now, industrial farmers have found a new way to torment mares: by literally sucking their blood. Recently released footage from the Swiss/German NGO, the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), shows mares being hooked up to blood extraction machines on factory farms. The blood of pregnant horses contains a rare hormone, equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG), which can be used to manipulate the breeding cycles of other animals. Once extracted, the hormone is then sold to European farmers to force “pigs who just gave birth to go right back into heat.”

In other words, big factory farms have figured out they can suck the blood of pregnant horses, and inject an extract of that blood into pigs so they can be forced to constantly give birth.

If you think it can’t possibly get worse, then you might want to think again:

The mares are regularly being given abortions without painkillers, so they can keep getting pregnant, and thus constantly producing the hormone.

The footage shows weakened mares being beaten by farmers, with the weakest being left to die in agony. The vampire farms are mostly located in South America; but as mentioned, the hormone itself is largely exported to European pig farmers.

Through this supply chain, the industry quietly sidesteps European regulations on animal treatment, with the mares themselves being located on the other side of the world. Nonetheless, this doesn’t change the fact that in the end, it’s European consumers who are left with pork produced through this grizzly process.

We therefore urge the European Food Safety Authority to crack down on this practice, and ban the use of this hormone in farms.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Url,

European pig farmers are using a controversial hormone extracted in a brutal manner from horses, and it’s time for it to stop. According to the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), South American farms extract the fertility hormone equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) from pregnant mares, then sell it to European farmers. The extraction process is the stuff of nightmares; mares are packed into crowded factory farms, then hooked up to blood machines for long stretches. Animal rights campaigners say these machines can extract as much as 11 liters of blood in a single setting, and this can go on for week after week, month after month. The mares that become too weak to stand are beaten, with some eventually being left to die, according to the AWF.

It’s hard to imagine how such a practice could be tolerated within the European Union. Indeed, most of these so-called “vampire farms” are located in Uruguay and Argentina. The eCG hormone is later exported to Europe, where it can be used to put sows back into heat almost immediately after giving birth.

This entire, disturbing process needs to end. Although the balk of the nightmare takes place outside the E.U., it’s European pig farmers who benefit. Likewise, it’s European consumers who eventually end up with pork products made using this disturbing practice.

As head of the EFSA, we therefore urge you to endorse a ban on the importation of eCG. We can no longer be blind to the horrors that fuel the European pig industry, and it’s time for an end to this inhumane system.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: AWF

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  1. WHAT A SICKENING WORLD WE LIVE IN, THE ANIMALS IN IT ARE ALWAYS BEING ABUSED ONE WAY AND ANOTHER, WILL IT NEVER STOP, IT TURNS MY STOMACH, IT IS AL SO AWFUL.

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