This is just the personal blog of a girl, following in the footsteps of the super high school level despair monitor.
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Anonymous asked : How are bees treated when humans take honey from them? I can't imagine they'd be abused/mistreated.





Primarily, like any animal product, honey is exploitative. Beings who are exploited for profit are never treated well. Honey does not belong to us, about a  teaspoon of it represents the lifework of an individual bee. It is simply not ours to take. 

As for treatment, common practices in the honey industry include, but are not limited to:

  • To prevent the queen bee from leaving the hive, honey producers sometimes cut off her wings.

  • Often, queen bees are artificially inseminated.

  • Large commercial operations sometimes take all the honey instead of leaving enough for the bees to get through the winter. The honey is than replaced with a cheap sugar substitute.

  • Most beekeepers remove all the spring-season honey.

  • In colder areas, some bee keepers will burn the beehives, killing all the bees inside, before the winter starts to reduce cost.

  • Bees are often killed or harmed by haphazard handling.

Bees are extremely intelligent, and well aware of what is going on around them. We know that honeybees process massive amounts of information about flowers, locations, and the behavior and physiological status of other bees in the hive, not to mention their ages, weather, and the seasons. They aren’t senseless automatons whose needs and preferences don’t need to be taken into account; they too are living beings. With a whole host of cheap and easily acquired products to replace honey, we don’t need to invade their nest, cut off their wings, relocate them, and subject them to toxic pesticides, environmental stress, diseases and infections; just so we can eat what they produce. We shouldn’t be selective in our compassion, all animals have rights; no matter how small.

Further reading: 1, 2, 3

>Listing PETA’s website as a credible source of information


>All these vegan websites just link to other vegan websites, not actual information


Has anyone here actually talked to a beekeper before.

I love how you don’t think PETA are credible, but someone who profits from keeping bees would be totally honest and unbiased, right? PETA have a lot of issues, and I do not support them, but the one thing they do that is vital is investigation work.

It wasn’t a “source,” I wasn’t proving anything, that isn’t what the anon was asking for. I was offering further reading to the anon in case they were interested. So that’s a vegan, running a vegan blog, suggesting vegan reading to a question about veganism. The horror…

So PETA isn’t a “source” for your information, and you don’t support them, but you’re 100% in favor of people using their information to “educate” themselves?

  • Queen bees don’t need to leave their hive, unless the hive is destroyed. Beekeepers have literally no reason to go clipping wings. Bees leave hives when there are too many bees IN the current hive, they won’t just abandon a perfectly habitable home. The beekeepers may take this opportunity to habitate another man-made hive in their possession, or they’ll just let the bees leave to keep the natural ecosystem up.
  • It’s fucking absurd to think queen bees would need to be artificially inseminated. The only purpose male bees serve is inseminating the queen. That’s all they do. And how is this a negative bullet point, anyway? “Oh no, the queen - whose task is to birth several thousand eggs a day to keep the hive alive - is pregnant. Nightmarish.”
  • I literally can’t find any information about “large commercial operations” that actually keep bees. There are factories that process and distribute honey, but it all comes back to the beekeepers, who can’t take more honey than their bees need to survive - or else suddenly no bees, no more honey.
  • No they don’t.
  • This makes zero sense. If you actually want to protect your profits, you keep your bees alive through the winter. Or if you’re so confident you can get more bees to populate your hives, you just don’t care for the bees through the winter. Setting the hives on fire is the stupidest possible decision. Now you have to buy more hives.
  • This one may be true, though I’m almost 100% certain it’s more likely that novice bee keepers get stung to frustration (or death if they’re REALLY incompetent), and either leave the hive alone or call somebody else to take care of it. Bee keeping is not something you pick up on a whim, most people are terrified of bees.

And you talk a lot about how evil bee keepers apparently are, when bee keepers contribute a lot to the local environment. Why wouldn’t it be in PETA’s favor to skew the truth, make people believe they were the ones with “real” information? Why wouldn’t they want you to think they’re good at investigating, when lying takes zero effort on their part and still puts people on their side?

Why is it so hard for you to think that people can care about animals while still keeping them in man-made facilities? How do you think nature reserves work, how apathetic do you think zookeepers are? If you don’t give a shit about animals, you don’t become a public face for animal care.

I just want to add, in regards to the ‘PETA is amazing at investigation and research’ thing

Just remember

In their Pokemon Black and Blue game, they regarded Team Plasma as a heroic animal rights group when they could have easily realized how incorrect they were with one (1) google search

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don’t lie we all have a fictional character we ship ourselves with

(Source: zamwinchester)

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— There is literally only one post on this entire site with 11 million notes


It is this one. Occasionally, the original text/pic gets deleted and replaced with a gif of your OTP or that actor in that one show or a quote from that thing you like. But it’s not them. It never was them. It has always been, and always will be, a lie.

And now it’s a picture of Kiyotaka Ishimaru as the Mastermind.

You’re welcome.

(Source: inthemidstofmonsters)

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In celebration of hitting 1000 followers, I’ve decided to do a botm for the first time! The botm starts now (July 10), when I publish this post.
mbf me (I’ll check)
reblog this post (likes don’t count! You can like it only to bookmark it.)
At least 10 people need to enter!
I’ll pick 6 blogs on Saturday evening, so you have until then to reblog this!
Voting will start on Sunday and will end on Thursday (July 17)
1 winner and 2 runner-ups will be chosen at midnight PST on July 17
What am I looking for?
A rad and friendly blogger!
an appealing blog with little to no shitposts
fandom/multifandom blogs, specifically anime-related bc I am weeb trash
good navigation and tagging system
nice theme
What will you win?
A follow back from me and my friendship!
My skype contact info if you wish
promos upon request for the winner throughout July
up to 5 promos upon request for the runner-ups throughout July
a spot on my sidebar for the winner
a fanart from me of a character of your choice (for both the runner-ups and the winner)
Good luck, everyone!
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I apologize to everyone whose grammar I ever corrected before I learned not to be a tool.

your forgiven.

You’re… really sweet to do that. Thanks.

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Pokemon’s special sneak peek to select Twitter users has been mailed out… and it’s a large box of Pikachu products! But more importantly, the box contains an announcement from The Pokemon Company’s president and CEO, Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, that will be reopening on August 6th! The website used to be the go-to place to buy Pokemon products, but shut down on January 31st, 2008.

Source: Pokebeach
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| 七狛(?) | Twitter |
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I literally just use my home theatre to watch anime or Super Dangan Ronpa 2 this is absolute shit
The last time I watched down here though Komaeda caused a power outage and tried to kill someone and I kid you not right after that my basement lost power and it was a really surreal experience sitting there in the pitch darkness staring at a blank screen
Don’t watch SDR2 at 2am in your basement.
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