I always preferred honey over other sweeteners because of its multiple health benefits. It has been my all time favorite. Though I gave up meat a few years ago, not only for what it did to other animals, but for what it did to me. Applying veganism to milk and dairy products made some sense. But Honey?
It was easy to see that those creatures had life. Mammals and birds walk and speak like us. It is easier not to be cruel to them and choose not to end their life for personal pleasures.
What about bees? Do you think consuming honey is cruel? Bees are not killed in the process of honey extraction. They are just moved away using smoke and other harmless methods. Would your decision depend on how they are treated?
Most societies and Vegan groups in America treat honey as a non-vegan item. Others leave it to your choice. Having seen the process of honey extraction myself, I know that it is possible to extract honey without harming the bees. You can't kill a chicken without hurting it. That is the difference.
I personally believe in making slow but long lasting changes. After giving up meat recently, I have a long way to go before giving up items like silk and honey, if at all.
Not sure whether to call it an 'extreme' or not. Also came across an argument saying that if honey is non-vegan, then even pest control is non-vegan. Maybe it is. Need your opinion guys. What do you say?
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