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hide – animal skin used in the clothing, footwear and upholstery industries. 
honey – is made-from flower nectar that is collected by honeybees and then regurgitated back and forth among them until it is partially digested. After the final regurgitation, the bees fan the substance with their wings until it is cool and thick. This mixture, honey, is then stored in the cells of the hives for larvae and used as their sole source of nutrition in cold weather and other times when alternative food sources are not available. The average bee hive contains about 60,000 bees and produces about 8 gallons of honey every year. To produce 450g (1 lb) of honey, bees have to gather about 1.8kg (4 lbs) of nectar, which means visiting 2 million flowers. Each worker bee has an average life span of only 3-6 weeks just long enough to collect about one teaspoonful of nectar. Commercial honey production is a very large scale enterprise and mass production techniques are used. Honey bees live in artificial hives designed to facilitate the easy removal of the combs. When these are removed and returned to the hive even with the utmost care, bees are crushed and killed. Used as a spread and a flavouring in food and also used in cosmetics. See also *bees. 
horse hair – hair from horse tails, used in some furniture, brushes etc. Mostly derived from slaughtered horses, though some may come from live animals. 
HRT – Hormone Replacement Therapy – some hormonal preparations eg Premarin are made from the urine of pregnant mares. These horses are kept continually pregnant in order to produce the hormone, are often kept in intensive stabling conditions to keep the urine concentrated and the foals are considered a waste by-product of the industry and are slaughtered. Non-animal HRT available.