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From: Keith (d207-216-60-167.bchsia.telus.net -207.216.60.167)
Subject: Re: eating honey
Date: December 12, 2005 at 4:50 pm PST

In Reply to: eating honey posted by tim stuart on December 12, 2005 at 1:10 pm:

The principle of veganism is to avoid exploiting animals for our own purposes. Honey is not a waste product of bees. It is their winter food supply.

Taking their honey is like taking the vegetables that your grandmother canned and stored in her basement for winter consumption. If someone showed up and took all your grandmother's preserves without her permission, it would be theft, even if the thieves left a couple of jars of peanut butter in exchange. This is exactly what honey harvesters do to bees: steal their preferred food and leave inferior sugar water in return. It is a form of exploitation.

In addition, honey harvesting inevitably kills many bees, no matter how careful the beekeeper may be. Their lives taken for a trivial cause: sweetening our drinks and meals.

Any time that animals or their products are taken and used by humans for our own purposes, it is nothing short of slavery. It does not matter if the slaves are kept healthy or housed well; they are still slaves.

Keith



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