On 11 May 97 at 10:57, Allen C Schmidt wrote:
> Rachael writes:
> >How does eating honey or wearing wool hurt the animal?
> I knew someone would ask this. Apparently harvesting honey disrupts the
> hive, resulting in the deaths of many bees, as well as destruction of
> larvae, pupae and eggs.
Not quite correct. Modern hives are two-storey buildings. The upper
storey is separated from the lower by a mesh. The holes in the mesh
are large enough for workers to pass through, but not for the queen.
Thus, the honey is stored in the upper chamber by the workers, and
the larvae, pupae and eggs, which are laid by the queen, are
confined to the lower. Removal of the honey does not endanger
anything in the lower brood chamber. An experienced apiarist can remove
the honey without harm to any hive residents.
If you have ever watched sheep being sheared, it
> doesn't look like a very pleasant ordeal for the animal.
But, apart from being frightened, they are not hurt. A good operator
can shear a sheep in less than a minute, so the ordeal doesn't last