View on honey from the VEGAN SOCIETY
( you know... the people that coined the term "vegan". The people that created the phrase and philosophy to set us apart from plain ol' vegetarians. The group you pretty much claim to be a part of by calling youself vegan - sort of how calling yourself Lutheran makes the claim that you are part of the Lutherans)http://www.vegansociety.com/html/ani...ation/bees.php
Bees are manipulated worldwide to produce many products for human use: honey, beeswax, propolis, bee pollen, royal jelly and venom. They are intelligent insects with a complex communication system.
Because bees are seen flying free, they are also often considered free of the usual cruelties of the animal farming industry. However bees undergo treatments similar to those endured by other farmed animals. They go through routine examination and handling, artificial feeding regimes, drug and pesticide treatment, genetic manipulation, artificial insemination, transportation (by air, rail and road) and slaughter.
When beekeepers manipulate combs many bees are crushed and killed. Hives have smoke puffed into them to calm bees down and make them easier to handle. Special excluders or devices that violate the bees' space are attached to hives to collect bee products from bees as they enter hives. Bees are separated from their hives by being shaken vigorously or jetted out with powerful streams of air. They may have their legs and wings clipped off. Clipping the wings of queen bees prevents them from swarming (flying off!).
Swarming is the natural way for reproduction, increase and survival of the species, at least in the wild. However, beekeepers are constantly trying to prevent this natural phenomenon and will use artificial pheromones, wing clipping and cage queens to keep their colony under control.
but of course... bees are small, and therefore not worthy of our compassion. What is the specific volume and/or mass required for an animal to be considered worthy of compassion? Are hummingbirds worthy? Shrimp?
If one claims size is not important, but cognitive levels, then what is the cut off point? Bees display a higher communication and community level then say hamsters.
So what is the cut off that makes bees unworthy of compassion?
They don't scream? They don't bleed red?
Their honey just tastes too good to bother about caring?