Animal Rights Protest Fails To Cause A Stink

THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 1996

Police intercepted a truckload of horse manure Wednesday and averted a vile-smelling protest by animal rights activists.

But not before one of the protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals jumped from the truck and shoveled several scoopfuls of manure on the road in front of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Police pulled over the truck and issued $120 tickets to two women protesting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug Premarin, an estrogen replacement medicine made from horse urine.

The women said the horses used to make the drug are treated badly and kept in poor conditions.

The activists say a generic drug, Duramed, could replace Premarin, but the FDA hasn’t approved it.

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