Why are honey bees protected?

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  • StixxUK 16 Aug 2004 19:47:35 7,231 posts
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    I was just on the BBC news website, and came across this story.

    It mentions in it that honey bees can only be destroyed "when they are considered a threat" as they are a protected species. Surely there can't be a shortage of these lovely little chappies can there?
  • Freek 16 Aug 2004 20:04:19 7,687 posts
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    He said that they're protected by law, so there could verry well be a different reason for that protection other then that the species is threatend.
  • StixxUK 16 Aug 2004 20:22:11 7,231 posts
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    Because stupid people attack nests and get stung to death so they needed to make it illegal to do so?

    >:D
  • Flib 17 Aug 2004 01:20:38 328 posts
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    Hmm, maybe something to do with them sometimes being harvested by humans. Perhaps they're sometimes considered as a kind of property. But I divin't kna like.

    On a related note, aren't bumble bees brilliant? The only insect that can fly into my conservatory, harvest some pollen from the plants, then fly out without head butting the window once.

    Peace to the bees!
  • Razz 17 Aug 2004 01:23:40 60,770 posts
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    Flib wrote:
    Hmm, maybe something to do with them sometimes being harvested by humans. Perhaps they're sometimes considered as a kind of property. But I divin't kna like.

    On a related note, aren't bumble bees brilliant? The only insect that can fly into my conservatory, harvest some pollen from the plants, then fly out without head butting the window once.

    Peace to the bees!

    Yeah bee's are jammy little fuckers.

    Edited by Razz at 00:39:34 17-08-2004

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  • StixxUK 17 Aug 2004 04:48:03 7,231 posts
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    I wish there were no wasps, only bees.

    Not the band, though, because they are MASSIVELY gay.
  • Spanky 17 Aug 2004 09:00:24 14,458 posts
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    Shut up you cock, The Bees are fantastic!

    Plubs

  • squaylor 17 Aug 2004 10:36:58 3,737 posts
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    Bees are protected because they are vital to global agriculture for pollinating our food crops. Here's a quote that sums up how important they are...

    One third of all our food -- fruits and vegetables -- would not exist without pollinators visiting flowers. But honeybees, the primary species that fertilizes food-producing plants, have suffered dramatic declines in recent years, mostly from afflictions introduced by humans...
  • perilikid 17 Aug 2004 10:50:23 1,713 posts
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    Because they hold the secrets to Halo 2? :p
  • Lutz 17 Aug 2004 10:51:12 48,854 posts
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    perilikid wrote:
    Because they hold the secrets to Halo 2? :p
    Here's your coat mate.

    /hands over bee protection suit
  • perilikid 17 Aug 2004 10:53:13 1,713 posts
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    Lutz wrote:
    perilikid wrote:
    Because they hold the secrets to Halo 2? :p
    Here's your coat mate.

    /hands over bee protection suit
    Ta.
  • silver-jon 17 Aug 2004 10:53:15 1,518 posts
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    Spanky wrote:
    Shut up you cock, The Bees are fantastic!


    You are, of course, referring to the Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey team. UK Champions 2000 !!
    Bees are great (let's NOT get into ilovebees).
    On an entirely unrelated note I saw a DVD in HMV the other day. "Iron Fisted Monk". And I thought - that's gotta hurt !
  • Spanky 17 Aug 2004 11:03:13 14,458 posts
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    Nothing in bracknell is fantastic i'm afraid, far from it.

    Plubs

  • silver-jon 17 Aug 2004 11:07:16 1,518 posts
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    Bees excluded, I would agree. Moved away to London 9 years ago. Feels safer.
  • Spanky 17 Aug 2004 11:09:08 14,458 posts
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    I had an interview there a while back, it was like walking into a Corporate Theme Park, the only thing attracted to there places at IBM execs and chav racers(thanks to all the big car parks and lack of humans after hours).

    Plubs

  • ecureuil 2 May 2010 18:28:48 76,516 posts
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    Super-bump-o

    US honeybee numbers fall 33%

    The collapse in the global honeybee population is a major threat to crops. It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination, which means that bees contribute some £26bn to the global economy.

    This is actually pretty concerning, and a very big fucking deal.
  • Jeepers 2 May 2010 18:52:02 13,173 posts
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    Fucking Einstein killed all the bees in less than four years.

    The bastard.
  • Jeepers 2 May 2010 18:52:02 13,173 posts
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    Double post.

    Fucking Einstein.
  • MrDigital 2 May 2010 18:53:40 1,866 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    Super-bump-o

    US honeybee numbers fall 33%

    The collapse in the global honeybee population is a major threat to crops. It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination, which means that bees contribute some £26bn to the global economy.

    This is actually pretty concerning, and a very big fucking deal.

    Shit, shit, shit...

    Formerly TheStylishHobo and Geesh.

  • mcmonkeyplc 29 Apr 2013 13:10:40 39,387 posts
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    Ban on pesticides that may lead to bee deaths

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Commander-Keen 29 Apr 2013 13:12:09 806 posts
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    I signed that campaign earlier. I'm amazed that 38 degrees haven't emailed an update to celebrate; they seem to email me every five minutes anyway!
  • LeoliansBro 29 Apr 2013 13:14:07 43,228 posts
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    HOneybees are vital for pollinating. Arable farming goes to shit if they go.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • LeoliansBro 29 Apr 2013 13:16:02 43,228 posts
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    ...as I see has been already discussed.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Commander-Keen 29 Apr 2013 13:17:10 806 posts
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    They're also quite cool. The way they're all fuzzy and can't fly in a straight line.

    The little tykes.
  • Elathron 29 Apr 2013 13:25:01 1,189 posts
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    They're endangered because of the usual thing. We're destroying their habitats, plain and simple. Also, the use of pesticides and insecticides are killing things like bumblebees; while walking the dog on Friday I came across thousands of dead bumblebees which had obviously been poisoned by some tw@ trying to protect their pagonias. The sooner we ban the use of non-organic pest/insecticides the beetter.
    Oh, and that's not to mention the plethora of new things invading the UK who have a habit of killing our native flora/fauna.

    /gets off soapbox.

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  • neilka 29 Apr 2013 13:25:53 15,664 posts
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    Little cunts can all fly into the sun for all I care
  • mcmonkeyplc 29 Apr 2013 13:26:43 39,387 posts
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    If our wonderful (RETARDED) government had it's way this ban would not be policy yet.

    This will be something else the Tory nutjobs will be bang on about the UK losing power to the EU.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Deckard1 29 Apr 2013 13:28:53 27,193 posts
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    They taste fuck all like honey
  • YenRug 29 Apr 2013 13:35:57 2,016 posts
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    mcmonkeyplc wrote:
    If our wonderful (RETARDED) government had it's way this ban would not be policy yet.

    This will be something else the Tory nutjobs will be bang on about the UK losing power to the EU.
    Whilst a Conservative voter, they're well out of order on this one: with the importance of bees to agriculture, the stance should be to temporarily ban neonicotinids (sp?) and then carry out the research to find out what their impact is (as should have been done before being given a license to be used). Instead DEFRA think we should carry on using them and (fingers crossed) hope there's still some bees left once they've done the research...
  • Deleted user 29 April 2013 13:39:51
    If the torys got there way, and we 'left' the Eu, would this mean the ban wouldn't apply to us, or does it as we still probably be in europe in some form or another?
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