Bees are very intelligent animals with the ability of establishing complex communication systems and social networks. Recent scientific research has discovered that bees have outstanding emotional capacities, as well as very individual personalities. Regardless of our size or appearance, all animals have feelings, emotions, desires and above all an aspiration to live their life in freedom.
The majority of people are not aware of the unique characteristics of bees and juts like other “farm animals” they are exploited by humans. They are subjected to routine tests and handlings, artificial feedings, treatment with drugs and pesticides, genetic modification, artificial insemination, artificially transported (by air, land and sea) and finally slaughter.
Honeycombs handled by beekeepers causes death by squashing and injuries such as cut wings or amputated legs. With the objective of “calming” bees and facilitating the handling, the normal practice is to spray them with fumes.
To pick up the bee products, locks and devices are placed inside honeycombs violating the space of bees, and in the moment of harvest, they come off the honeycomb by shaking them or expelling them with strong draughts.
To maintain the beehive under control, the wings of queen bees are cut to prevent them to fly away to a new place and relocate the colony. The same way, queen bees are inseminated artificially with sperm obtained from decapitated males, and they are slaughtered every two years when their capacity of eggs production decreases and the profitability of the beehive drops.
Colonies are artificially fed with a compote and pollen-based diet to replace the natural food of bees, this makes the honey profitable and suitable for human consumption.
Besides the honey, the beekeeping industry also exploits the bees to obtain other consumables such as pollen, royal jelly or propolis, and non-consumable items such as beeswax.