Originally Posted by Lymo
I really don't see any problem with eating honey.
The day I went vegan was the last time I visited a Renaissance Festival.
You know how they got those little huts set up to sell honey sticks? I would buy those every year.
Well, I got up to it and saw the bee display case. It's the same display case they use every year: an approximately 1-inch thick glass cross-section of a bee hive with live bees in it.
For the first time I looked at it and thought:
"It must suck to live in that...
Hardly being able to move...
There only to be gawked at by people there to buy something you worked hard to make...
You didn't consent to this...
If I bought anything I would only be enabling this...
This isn't an isolated circumstance..."
I stood there frozen and thought about it from every possible angle for well over a minute, irritating my family who was waiting for me. I concluded that I could not come up with a convincing excuse as to why the bees deserved to be there, let alone treated as mere tools for the production of a product the business clearly had no right to sell.
I walked away from the hut without buying anything for the first time.
I felt so terrible that I couldn't look at the circus animals without feeling tears starting to well up.
I have no desire to visit a Renaissance Festival again.