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From: soveg ( -
Subject: question
Date: December 13, 2005 at 5:23 am PST

In Reply to: Re: eating honey posted by Keith on December 12, 2005 at 4:50 pm:

I agree with you, Keith, that bees do suffer exploitation from beekeepers. Perhaps we sacrifice our humanity in principle when we take honey from bees.

But what about the counter-argument that suggests that if we, as vegans, want people to eat plant-based meals, we must replace the pollinators that have died due to our influence? Yes, bees may die during honey harvests, but more of them live (compared to wild honeybees) due to the near-ideal conditions beekeepers maintain to keep their bees in the hives.

I see a conflict beween principle and practice. Beekeeping is unethical in principle, but necessary in practice if we want to have our crops pollinated.

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