I have to apologize to you, our wonderful readers. I am afraid this blog has become more about me than trying to help you. Not that that was my intention - it just turns out I don't know nearly as much as I thought I did! This blog is becoming a way to understand what I really feel about veganism and animal rights. I am fully committed, but writing is forcing me to really be able to back up what I say! In doing so, it's strengthening my resolve to live as cruelty-free as possible.
Honey isn't vegan. Don't argue with me; it's not. When I became vegan, I didn't eliminate honey. I didn't really see it as cruelty; I honestly didn't care much, particularly because there was not a large amount of honey in my diet anyways. Until another veg friend said "look, either you're vegan or you're not". So, bye bye honey!
Since then, I've agreed that honey isn't vegan. I've researched the reasons why - without going into a lot of detail that you are able to search for yourself, basically they treat the bees like crap and steal their honey. It's unnatural and un-vegan.
So tonight I get a "Save the Honey Bees!" email from an online parenting group. Yeah! Someone sticking up for animal rights, awesome! Or, so I thought. Okay, so maybe that isn't fair; she has good intentions. Here is the email: