cow urine? Did I hear that right? The article claims that some “animal-rights groups are concerned that demand for the product could lead to cows confined in close quarters.” Are they nuts? WHO is going to be clamoring for a big, ice cold glass of this stuff? Want to be concerned? Then be concerned that someone thought this up, made the connection between cow piss and medical science in the first place. Well that should be no surprise. After all, the hormone replacement drug Premarin was so named because of its origins: PREgnant MARe urINe….
Cow Urine Distillate Receives Patent
by Barbara Kieker and David Milner
Posted on October 15, 2002
Scientists in India recently obtained a United States patent for a cow-urine distillate that increases the efficacy of a number of different medications.
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the “invention has direct implication in drastically reducing the dosage of antibiotics, drugs and anti-cancer agents.”
Ancient Indian texts refer to cows as sacred creatures, and state that cow urine or “go-mutra” has therapeutic value.
The effort to develop the compound was carried out by the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Go-Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, a Hindu organization created “to establish (a) firm scientific basis (for) eco-friendly, cow-centered economics.”
Some animal welfare advocates have expressed concern about the issuance of the patent because they fear that it may lead to widespread confinement in tiny enclosures of cows to which collection bags have been attached.
“That’s how pregnant mares whose urine is used in the production of the more widely used hormone replacement therapies are forced to live much of the time,” said horse enthusiast Karen Paraskevi. “Forcing cows to live that way as well would be terrible.”