Can Nicole Lapin Be A Honey Eating Vegan?

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Veganism is supposed to include diet and lifestyle, so presumably, a vegan who wore leather really isn’t “vegan” according to some strict standards. Journalist Nicole Lapin, who calls herself a vegan, recently said she does eat honey. Is Nicole really not a vegan for eating honey? According to a definition of veganism from vegetus.org: “Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals (Stepaniak).” Although honey is not a product extracted from the bee itself, bees do produce it for their own food. And beemakers force bees to make excess amounts of honey, so they’ll have food left after the honey is harvested. Is this exploitation? When ... more
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