How come strict vegans don't eat honey?!

Question: How come strict vegans don't eat honey?
I'm just curious, that's all. No one get upset, just trying to find out! I know vegans don't eat animal products, but bees aren't technically animals and bees die in the process anyway for making the honeycomb. Do they not eat it because of how it is obtained and if so, would they still be against it if it was taken a different way? Not that I know any other way, just curious is all, thanks!


Don't worry, I'm not upset that you asked. I had a lot of questions like this too once, and I have no problem with others asking things as long as they are not rude. :)
Basically because it comes from an animal, and vegans eat no animal products (among other things). Yes bees actually are animals, and because, like you said, they are killed when collecting honeycomb, vegans avoid this because it is related to animal suffering (and obviously death). Vegans do their best to avoid animal exploitation, and taking honey from bees is part of that.
Bees make honey for themselves, and I have no right nor reason to take it from them. If you want any more info check out… :)

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Most vegans agree that any product produced directly from taking something from natural processes is an abuse by humans towards animals. Without the need to produce honey, people would not keep bees in captivity in the first place and thus they could fly free and be happy in nature. Taking the honey produced from bee-keepers is only perpetuating the "need" to keep the bees as they do. If it were produced another way, I think Vegans would eat it, barring any inorganic materials or, of course, alternative animal sources for production.

My friend is a vegan, and despite the natural and positive reasoning behind sheering sheep in the summer for the production of wool, she refuses to wear wool because "sheep should not be in captivity in the first place." Same with leather soled shoes or anything like that. Anything that involves anything that isn't leaving animals to their natural lives tends to be a subject of negativity for Vegans. No offense intended to any Vegans, of course.

Yea technically its not an animal but its still a living thing so they wont eat it.
Veganism is 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 practice 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 (Stepaniak).

All vegans don't eat honey. If they did they wouldn't be a vegan.
We don't because it goes against the principal of equality in the animal kingdom. For example some people think of fish as lesser beings and that it's okay to eat them but not the others.
To eat honey would be applying the same hypocritical logic.

One argument in favor of vegans eating honey: bee numbers are dwindling everywhere which has a negative impact on their environment (due to lack of pollination of certain plants) so altho' eating honey technically isn't vegan there are benefits to the environment as a whole thru supporting bee farmers and their bees

I am vegan and altho' I don't currently eat honey, I am seriously considering becoming a honey-eating vegan

Bees are animals.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Apoidea
(unranked): Anthophila
How would you classify them? Plants? Fungi? Unicellular bacteria? Multicellular bacteria?

Those are your options.

I don't eat it because it involves taking something that doesn't belong to me.

Bees don't die to make the honey or the comb. Harvesting the honey is considered exploiting the bees by vegans-basically stealing the fruits of their labor and giving them an inferior substitute.

Bees are animals. (animal vegetable mineral, they are animal). They are not killed taking the honeycomb. The smoke makes them sleepy but the apiarist does not kill his stock. Strict vegans take nothing that comes from animals, even wool from sheep.

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actually bees are animals. No, person below me, bees are animals. They are biologically classifies in the animal kingdom.

Bees aren't animals...?
Someone didn't graduate kindergarten.

Taking the honey from bees is stealing it from them....I don't think a vegan would like that.

Yes adramaba, we should just let all the sheep run wild and free. Let them get fly blown and die a horrid death. If there weren't gluttens out there making a market for them, we wouldn't need to breed them!

because it's an animal product...DUH

It comes from a bee

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