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Imperiled Honeybees Suffer Another Blow

Written by PETA | July 13, 2011

The swirling black cloud that Island Park, Idaho, residents saw earlier this week wasn’t a storm, but a swarm—of bees. A semitruck hauling bees and honey swerved off the road, tipping 400 hive boxes and sending 14 million bees and a river of honey onto the roadway. Crews brought in to clean up the highway sprayed the bees with firefighter’s foam, killing many of them.

Trucking hives across the country stems from the increasing difficulty of finding healthy honeybees. Beekeepers spread disease by moving infected combs and equipment from hive to hive and failing to treat illnesses. When diseases are detected, the treatment is normally to destroy the colony, which can mean burning or gassing the bees to death.

Since division of the hive upon the birth of a new queen can mean a decrease in honey production, beekeepers prevent it by clipping the wings of a new queen or killing and replacing a queen after a couple of years.

The best way to be a honey for bees is to choose vegan lip balms and candles and to use agave nectar, molasses, and maple syrup instead of honey. Find more tips on giving bee (and other animal) products the boot, see PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book Making Kind Choices.  

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Sydney says:

    Melissa (bellow poster) is spot on when she says “we NEED the bees” We need the bees for pollination of our crops, without bees more than half our crops would not grow and the rest would dramatically decrease in production. And yet PETA tells us to avoid products containing bee materials (honey, bees wax, etc). The fact is their are no more wild bees left due to people spraying pesticides. The only bees left are the ones from beekeepers hives. So if you want the bees, why try to disconnect yourselves from the honeybee industry which is after all, what is keeping the bees going. If their are no more beekeepers the bees that we rely on would be gone.

  • Lonestar says:

    Wow..bees…really…so now I shouldn’t eat Honey as well? I’ll ponder that while I put honey on my toast and later in the evening sip on some honey beer or whiskey.

  • Melissa says:

    We NEED the bees!!!! I never understood why PETA takes a stance against honey, but NOW I understand. I will try my best not to consume honey any more. Thank you, PETA for once again educating me. 🙂

  • YogaGurl says:

    Oh, you can also help the bees by planting bee friendly flowers and plants (look online), provide a shallow dish of water in your back yard with rocks in it, and not using pesticides and chemicals in your yard. The more flowers the better (they like large groupings of flowers). This will all help our bee friends live and be happy plus it’s so much fun watching them enjoy. And don’t worry, I have dogs, it’s OK for pets.