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Use to Us
It is told in such an agile, almost filmic way that the non-specialised reader is mesmerised by the narrative atmosphere and so have to remind themselves at all times that what they are reading is not fiction.
Dr Helena Golanó
22 May 2017
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This book captures bees without legalese while analysing their position in our society and the courtroom.
It explains in lay terms how we live side-by-side with the maverick animals who share some of our characteristics. All aspects of bees that affect bee-keepers and their neighbours and their victims are analysed within the civil and criminal law.
It is intended to be a Guide and seminal reference resource for bee-keepers around the world.
Bees are close to human beings in action and reaction. While they may wish to be left alone, they can become ‘angry’ if they are provoked. A swarm in motion can literally sting a man to death.
In 2016 two bungling burglars were caught on CCTV as they scaled a wall to gain entry. However, they departed quicker than they entered as they jumped into a garden full of beehives.
Bees are an endangered species throughout the world. The ‘rusty’ bee is in danger of disappearing from the face of the earth. Yet their future is inextricably linked to ours. Together we can progress and prosper. Our choice for their protection is dependent on our common law.
When bees are single they are cold-blooded. However when they are together in a colony they become warm-blooded. An advantage they possess is they are ruled by a lady bee, the queen.
Bees combine the rare aesthetic quality of natural beauty and an inherent value to our society. They are neither wild like a tiger nor domesticated like a cat, but caught between being feral and tame as nature’s buzzing buccaneers. Yet they provide us with a natural product that has resulted in a conflict longer than the total of the two World Wars: The War of the Honey 1836-1851.
Neighbour disputes are as natural as breathing where the courts are concerned. A resort to law is often the only way to resolve a claim that the bee-keeper has been negligent or created a nuisance.
Bees can cause claims that are civil and offences that are criminal. In January 2017 the Royal Bee-keeper was prosecuted and convicted in Scotland in relation to the feeding of his bees. McGregor did not indulge in providing the usual foodstuffs, but instead fed or ‘administered’ poison which he had illegally imported from America.
After our search for food and shelter the most important subject for the administration and control of any society anywhere, the deepest region of the jungle or a modern democracy, is law. So to consider the position of bees in law is an ideal that can influence the future of our society. For animals and humans are inextricably linked: a century ago it was pin-pointed by Mr Justice Beale in the leading American case Brown v. Eckes :
‘I admit that the subject of the law of the busy bees is a fascinating one.’ He then trawled through the hidden legal history of bees from Plato to Blackstone and delivered the court’s conclusion:
‘We moderns may wonder at the completeness of the law of bees, and at the attention and time that has been expended upon what we regard as a trivial subject. Nothing is trivial that involves human rights.’
Bees both have rare beauty by being blessed by birth and equally serve to show that granting animal rights will in turn strengthen human rights.
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