Spear, for what it's worth, here's what I found in Wikipedia's entry for Veganism:
There is disagreement among vegan groups about the extent to which products from insects must be avoided. Some vegans view the consumption of honey as cruel and exploitative, and modern beekeeping a form of enslavement. Once the honey (the bees' natural food store) is harvested, it is common practice to substitute it with sugar or corn syrup to maintain the colony over winter. Neither the Vegan Society nor the American Vegan Society considers the use of honey, silk or other insect products to be suitable for vegans, while Vegan Action and Vegan Outreach regard it as a matter of personal choice. Agave nectar is a popular vegan alternative to honey.
I guess it all boils down to their philosophy or reason for being vegan; just like some vegetarians will eat eggs and dairy, because the animal isn't killed. :idunno:
I personally feel that there is a place for all of God's creatures -- right next to the mashed taters & gravy!!!