Milk of Death: The dark side of the nurse
Written by JANE ALLIN
Chief Research Analyst, Int’l Fund for Horses
They call them “Junk Mares”. Yes “junk” as in
debris, trash, worthless and possessing utility but lacking in
substance. These are the horses of the nurse mare industry.
The tradition of breeding mares to ordinary studs
lacking any significant commercial value to induce lactation has been
practiced for many years primarily by, but not limited to, the horse
breeding/thoroughbred racing industry. Originally, these mares served to
nurture rejected foals or those whose mothers died in childbirth;
basically a benevolent thing which over the years has progressively
deteriorated into a reprehensible industry as a result of the lucrative
quest to breed the ultimate horse with rejection of the masses. Over
breeding is now pandemic and has created an exponential rise in a most
insidious disease called “horse slaughter”.
Once the mares have foaled, they are leased out to
highly profitable breeding farms to act as surrogate mothers to
“expensive and promising” foals. You may ask why this is necessary and
who is responsible?
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