“Man is the cruelest animal.” (Nietzsche)

There are a few television shows that I really enjoy and try to make time to catch them.  One is Millennium, a series produced by Chris Carter (The X-Files), set during the years leading up to 2000 (the new millennium). It aired from 1996 to 1999 on the Fox Network.  In the series, Investigator Frank Black has the ability to see the world through the eyes of serial killers and murderers. Black investigates the most horrific crimes and deals with the mysterious Millennium Group, whose power and sinister intentions becomes more clear throughout the series. The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, though most episodes were set in or around Seattle, Washington. I had rented the entire series of Millennium quite a while ago, but I had forgotten many of the episodes so I’m enjoying watching re-runs of them on the Chiller network.  It airs Monday through Friday at 7 PM.

One episode in particular, “Broken World” made an impression on me. Basically, a psycho-sexual killer spends months slaughtering horses across North Dakota and then begins to gain the courage to focus his attentions on human victims.  In this episode, the plight of female horses (mares) being used a suppliers of Premarin (pregnant mare’s urine), called P.M.U in the show is brought to light.  Millennium is famous for blending innocence and beauty with horror and violence.  Each episode contains quotations that almost always leave me thinking.  “Broken World” aired again last night so I was able to retrieve the quote that had so moved me when I last saw the series:

“A dog starved at his master’s gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.
A horse misused upon the road
Calls to heaven for human blood.”

(from William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence)

Here  is the entire poem.

The wonderful drug Premarin can help you manage the symptoms of menopause.  In other words, it suppresses the normal symptoms of menopause and helps women stay feeling younger, longer.  There are so many drugs in production for the same purpose: to slow down or perhaps thwart the natural aging process.  Premarin is one of the most popular drugs in the United States right now.  What most people who are taking this drug do not realize is what cruelty is involved in obtaining the ingredients to manufacture this drug.

The pregnant mares live in so-called “pee barns,” forced to stand in narrow stalls with urine collection devices strapped to them.  In the last month of their pregnancy, the mares are put out to pasture to have their foals, then they are immediately put back in with a stallion, so they quickly become pregnant again.  Not long after they are born, their foals are taken away from them to be sold, whether or not they are fully weaned. The next month, the mares are back in the barns and the cycle starts again.  So what happens to all the foals born to these mares?  Some of the fillies are kept to replace their mothers, some may end up in good homes, but the horse market is quite saturated, so many of them end up slaughtered.  Horse slaughter is no longer legal in the United States so the horses are shipped to either Canada or New Mexico.

Awfully sad thinking of such magnificent creatures being kept with the sole purpose of harvesting their urine so women can avoid the sometimes uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.

One Reply to ““Man is the cruelest animal.” (Nietzsche)”

  1. I’m working on a piece about the dairy industry at the moment, so when I read your journal entry it was just another nail in the coffin.

    Keep up the good work.

    Lee C

    “Life is a journey of adventure and understanding, traveled along the
    slippery slope of self gratification.” — ;o)

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