Taking honey from a hive will not hurt the bees if done properly. The smoke that bee keepers use gently sedates the bees without hurting them so as not to disturb them while extracting honey. There are artificial combs inside of a bee hive that come out easily and honey can be taken off without hurting anything. As long as the beekeeper takes the proper precautions and knows exactly what to do, the bees will never even know you were there and will just keep on making honey.
I have heard that some vegans will not consume honey or honey products because the definition of the term vegan. They believe that bees are enslaved and exploited. The essay in the citations explains more about this viewpoint. Donald Watson coined the term vegan and defined Veganism as “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 practive 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” (Vegetus). So in some cases, people do believe that extracting honey from bees is harmful, just depending on how you look at the situation.
Taking the honey from the hive does not hurt the bee. What does hurt the bee is taking their honey and replacing it with HFCS which is believed to also be one of the causes of the Colony Collapse Disorder.
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