i just read some post making fun of, and i quote, "weirdos who think bees can't consent" [to having their honey stolen] and basically saying that this isn't a reasonable argument against stealing honey from bees. so like.. either people really want to believe that stealing honey is something comparable to, idk, for example, sterilizing your cat –as in, the animal can't consent, but it's so overwhelmingly good for them you do it anyway. or they think animals can consent. which is disturbing. wtf.
People just love to pretend they don’t understand how consent works as soon as they stand to gain something from exploitation. Dogs cannot consent to being euthanised when they are in pain, or castrated, or operated on when they need to be. The only reason it is ethical to do these things when necessary is when the action being taken is obviously in the animal’s greater interest. It can be argued that keeping bees may be in their greater interests in some circumstances, but the same cannot reasonably be said for taking their honey from them and selling it.