Let's Not Forget
Down and Feathers
Honey is a product avoided by vegans, because
it involves the exploitation of bees. Honeybees fly 55,000 miles and visit 2
million flowers to produce one pound of honey.
You can learn more about these
interesting creatures on my
Animal Facts Bees page.
Even though pollen is the
honeybee's primary source of nutrition, honey is their sole food source
during cold weather and other times when alternatives are not available.
Other products that come from the honey
- Bee pollen: pollen collected by
bees; their primary source of nutrition.
- Royal jelly (bee milk): the
pharyngeal gland secretions of the nurse bees. The queen larvae
receives more of the royal jelly than the worker larvae, growing her
into a queen bee.
- Beeswax: secreted by bees to help
build their hives.
- Propolis: a brownish resinous
material of waxy consistency collected by bees from the buds of trees
and used as a cement and an antiseptic.
- Bee venom: obtained from a bee
sting. Honeybees die after stinging someone.
Drone Bees are Pushed Away
Cruelty in the Honey Industry
practices in the honey industry are:
To prevent the queen bee from
leaving the hive, honey producers sometimes cut off her wings.
Often, queen bees are artificially
Large commercial operations
sometimes take all the honey instead of leaving enough for the bees to
get through the winter. The honey is than replaced with a cheap sugar
Most beekeepers remove all the
In colder areas, some bee keepers
will burn the beehives, killing all the bees inside,
before the winter starts to reduce cost.
Bees are often killed or harmed by
Bees are hardworking animals who deserve to keep the labor of their
work. Stealing products from them is a form of exploitation, which should
and can be easily avoided. Honey can be replaced by rice syrup, barley
malt, maple syrup, molasses, sorghum or fruit concentrates. There is even
a product called "Just Like Honey", which you can buy at stores like
Please check out the following link for more information: