Choose artificial or plant-based estrogen.

Albert Sweitzer is quoted as saying:  “Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”   I thought of that just now while reading an article in Wikipedia on the equine estrogen process.
According to the article, mares are restrained in stalls and attached to urine collection devices for six months of the year.  For the other six months, they are outside and usually impregnated. Many complications arise from the constant restraint and pregnancy cycles, including shortened life spans and morbidity. 
Why choose equine estrogen gathered at the expense of the mares when artificial or plant-based estrogen is equally effective?  Why do doctors prescribe equine estrogen when other viable options are available?  What is the ethical responsibility of pharmaceutical companies to consider the value of life other than human in their manufacturing decisions?

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