Hello! I am a felloe vegan. I’ve heard that vegans can’t have honey. (Obviously) My grandparents have honey bees and they aren’t treated cruelly at all. Is it bad that I’m okay with their honey and other local honey? Are bees in other places treated cruelly? I’m really curious.
@Dars do you steal milk from cows? If not, why is it any different than stealing honey from bees? Both milk and honey are products produced by a species for the species. They’re not produced for humans. And claiming excess also can mean we can use the same argument for cows who have ‘excess’ milk. And no human can know truly if there is excess honey or not unless it is left in a nest/hive that has been abandoned by the bees. So it’s a poor excuse. Especially when we can have honey without bees making it. Agave Nectar and other such honey like things are made from the plant but without the bee making it. There is no excuse to eat honey in this day and age and in a western civilisation.
I personally choose to avoid honey. Good news, though! There are tons of other yummy options similar to honey that aren’t cruel at all.
“What You Can Do
Avoid honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, and other products that come from bees. Vegan lip balms and candles are readily available. Visit CaringConsumer.com for a list of companies that don’t use animal products. Agave nectar, rice syrup, molasses, sorghum, barley malt, maple syrup, and dried fruit or fruit concentrates can be used to replace honey in recipes. Call 1-888-VEG-FOOD or visit GoVeg.com to order a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit that contains information about compassionate eating choices.”
Yes, bees make honey for themselves, but sometimes they make excess honey that they can’t use up for themselves. If you take honey in moderation and leave some for the bees, I would think that it’s okay.