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.