It is an animal product, technically. I would love to hear some vegan’s opinions and see why or why not they consume honey.
If I was a vegan, I would not eat honey because it is derived from an animal. The treatment of bees in the production of honey is not saintly, such as forcing bees to build their honeycombs in less than ideal places, filling the beehives with smoke to control the bees, etc… Some deem the process as “exploitative,” akin to stealing. Since the definition of a vegan is one that does not use or consume products derived from animals.
The definition of vegan was coined by Donald Watson in 1944 and it goes:
“Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.” (Stepaniak, J.”The Name Game: Coming to Terms.” http://www.vegsource.com/jo/essays/namegame.htm.)
The fact of the matter is beens are enslaved, exploited, and used. You can call it dominionism or human superioirity. The point is bees are exploited and manipulated instrumentally for human benefit. A true vegan would not consider this ethical, moral, or fair.
Bees have complex nervous systems and can feel pain. They are also gassed, sometimes trapped and killed off according to the season or to prevent swarming, aggression, mite infestation and to keep production at the maximum.
For me, the biger issue is the big picture. It is exploitation and manipulation on a scary factory scale. It is unfair to the environment and the bees, regardless of whether or not the bees know it.
Vegans do not use any products derived from animals or animal behavior, including honey. The theory behind veganism is to lead a lifestyle that leaves as little possible impact on the natural world as possible, and to avoid any form of exploitation of the animal kingdom. Plant-based foods and products are fine because no plant is in any way sentient.
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