Eating the Vomit of Slaves?

This headline showed up in my beekeeping news feed this morning. It’s a disgrace to the cause of fighting against the abuse of animals and it shows total stupidity of the subject on the part of the PETA writer responsible. By headlining false, poorly-researched opinions and presenting them as facts, credibility for the worthy cause of defending apes, dogs, horses, chicken, cattle, and other mammals and birds is lost.  Honey bees are not enslaved, and honey is not bee puke – however, it’s the inane slavery remark that leaves me gob-smacked.

Bees are free to leave their hives whenever they want and free to fly wherever they wish. Comparing slavery to the homes provided to honey bees is a disgusting debasement of the suffering endured by humans who actually have experienced real slavery. Bees are free and are not abused. The forty-five million slaves in the world today  (and the hundreds of millions in the past)  have no such freedom. If PETA wants to fight an important cause, fight against the modern wretched practice of buying and selling humans. And when you are done, come back and tell me what you think you know about bees and beekeeping.


About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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7 Responses to Eating the Vomit of Slaves?

  1. Erik says:

    Wow, what a terrible article. Your point on slavery is well made and I agree completely.

    You didn’t even comment on the vomit aspect. Bees have two stomachs. The first is simply for storing nectar and carrying it around. The second is the actual stomach. Nectar or other food that passes into the actual stomach does not get stored in the hive. Only nectar from the first stomach becomes honey, and it is not mixed with digestive juices or in any other way bee vomit.

    So the story is doubly wrong.

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  2. Give ’em hell Ron. It’s hard enough trying to do what we do saving the bees without such misinformation making the job harder. A shame we have to fight this sort of propaganda.

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  3. Not the bee vomit myth again!!! I hope you wrote them back with the facts—not the “alternative facts” If you didn’t, I certainly will!

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  6. Elsa says:

    You’re absolutely right, they have lost they’re credibility.

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  7. I directed my comments to the PETA writer, Zachary Toliver, since he is the source of this trash and I doubt it passes any editing process. He even links to a science website in his blurb, but conveniently twists the information to delete the relevant facts and debase the terms into human centric word images designed to elicit disgust.

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