Confused about Insects (honey)
So, I've been vegan for a year. First, let me just say that I went vegetarian for the animals. I went vegan for health reasons.
Here is what I don't understand about being a vegan - why avoid honey? Insects and I get along ... sort of. As long as they stay outside, I leave them alone. But, once they come inside, they will die at my hand. I can't stand them. Especially roaches - those die a very quick death. Mosquitoes - I slap them. I don't slap any bees around because that just gets them agitated and they'll slap me, lol.
I'm in my last year of getting a masters in biology. So, I know that the nerve system of mammals and insects is VERY different. Namely, bugs don't have much of one. So, they don't feel a whole lot of pain. In fact, they lose a leg ... and keep on living with no problems. Unlike with mammals who feel physical pain and emotions, and would not casually walk off a chopped off leg, bugs work differently.
So, because of my attitude towards bugs (yuck) and because of what I know about them as a biology student, I eat honey. I also only buy organic honey. Although the honeybee population in non-organic honey is declining, this is not true for organic honeybees.
I guess that's my question - why avoid honey? And if you DO avoid honey, do you also avoid killing all bugs? Roaches in the house? Mosquitoes on your arm? That sort of thing.
Just curious. :)
It's interesting to me that there are so many vegans in your biology masters program. If that's the case, are they vegan because it's the social thing to do? To clarify, it sounds like you give "vegan" (do the least amount of harm) consideration to Chordata and that's pretty much it, which seems anthropocentric in that you connect with animals that are most like you. That's very common. I think we all connect more to things that seem familiar. If so, your school mates may be following the strict vegetarian diet and don't necessarily understand the principles of a vegan lifestyle.
If you've had these discussions with your classmates, it seems that you had already heard the rationale and were here pot-stirring a bit - but it was an interesting discussion regardless. That said, I don't care what other people eat.
In what types of professions do ecologists work? I guess because it's a biology degree you would qualify for all of the biology type of jobs. Which employer fields are you interested in - consulting, non-profit, government? (Although ideally, I think we'd all like to do research for the rest of our lives.)