Santa Cruz Good Times

Monday
Apr 27th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Rescuing Pregnant Mares

blog pmrWATSONVILLE > Local nonprofit saves pregnant mares from pharmaceutical ranches

As president and founder of the nonprofit Pregnant Mare Rescue (PMR), Lynn Hummer devotes the extra time she has between her family, her day job, and her love for horses to doing some important work for the large, majestic animals. “I’ve been a horse lover all my life and I’ve ridden all my life and I just wanted to give back,” Hummer says.

PMR, which is based at Hummer’s ranch in Watsonville, works to rescue mares and foals who were victims of pharmaceutical testing, with the fate of being sent to slaughter.

Premarin, a drug used to treat menopause in women, is the primary culprit, says Hummer. Premarin ranches in the United States take mares, impregnate them continuously, use their urine in the drug’s manufacturing process, and then send their offspring to slaughter.

Jacqueline Cavalier Nelson, a volunteer for PMR, heard about Premarin many years ago while working in the pharmaceutical industry as a representative for the drug’s natural, plant-based competitor. “If women knew what they were taking, they wouldn’t,” Cavalier Nelson says. “The Premarin horses that came to us didn’t even know what a carrot was.”blog maddie

Upon rescuing these horses, PMR gives them a safe place to have their babies, as well as “gentling” foals, getting them vet-checked, giving them everything they need to recover, as well as finding them good homes. Malibu, one of the mares who will be the star of the organization’s third annual “Breakfast with Babies” pancake breakfast benefit on Saturday, June 23, had nine babies in the 10 years she was used for Premarin development. She birthed a foal four weeks ago in custody of PMR—the baby, named Maddie, is the first baby she has been able to keep.

Hummer has made special arrangements to bring these damaged horses back to health. “The damage is physical, emotional, and spiritual,” she says. “Mares like Malibu are too [damaged] to find a new home. There aren’t enough days in her life to do much, [so] I just keep telling her that everyday from here on out will be good.” Hummer has specialists at the ranch that range from providing equine Reiki work, to equine chiropractics, equine massage therapy, and animal communication with the use of homeopathic floral essences.

Thus far, PMR has rescued about 80 horses. “The American people, when they’re told what’s going on, don’t want their American horses to be sent to slaughter,” says Hummer. “It’s necessary for us to let people know so that it doesn’t happen anymore. I want to create a legacy for the future so that [the rescue] lasts long beyond me.”

With its annual fundraising benefit, PMR hopes to spread this knowledge to even more people in the area. “Last year was our best year yet,” says Hummer, explaining that the 2011 benefit sold more than 380 breakfasts. The organization is aiming to sell 500 this year.

The benefit will be held on Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 165 Little Corral Way in Watsonville. At $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, entry includes a pancake breakfast, a raffle drawing every half hour, craft vendors, and more, and will also feature some of the rescued horses. Those who purchase tickets before the event will be entered into a special raffle for a $130 basket of cooking items.

For more information, visit pregnantmarerescue.org.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PMR. Top: Malibu and her one-month old daughter, Maddie. Bottom: Maddie at the PMR ranch. 

Comments (2)Add Comment
...
written by a guest, June 23, 2012
Very touching. So well written. Right now I am going to send PMR a check.
...
written by a guest, June 22, 2012
This is a great article.
SC Sentinel also printed a great article in Friday, 6/22/12 paper.
Debra

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Mission Critical

How reading Lisa Jensen’s reviews taught me to love film
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

 

What would you like to see a TED talk about?

Hydrogen-gas cars that are coming this summer. Scott Oliver, Santa Cruz, Professor

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

Munch

East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise