Kicking off this weekend with the Formicast Podcast crossover, unfortunately I was attending a family emergency and was unable to make the show, however it was action packed with Esthetic Ants taking the stage and informing all of his #WEDONTAPPROVE the hashtag to represent current issues within the community, in the hopes of improving the quality and experiences of those within the hobby.
I released a 5 minute special on the movement this Sunday, with many more follow up videos on the topic to follow.
For my part of this movement I have decided to focus on getting gel farms & gimmick nests banned or replaced with products designed for the welfare of the Ants they house.
Stay tuned for that #savetheants
Esthetic Ants has perfected the message, I have also been trying to send, but I never thought of using a viral hashtag to make it happen! Top notch thinking, from a top notch bloke!
I too, had publicly called out my concerns, about this new trend of live feeding and how it is spiraling out of control, Questioning, what this brings to the hobby and how people from outside the hobby may look at us!?
Below is a post from my Facebook on the 6th of April after seeing this from Myrmidon Nation, which he posted on TikTok.
On the 2nd of May I went live with Ants Hood, I was going to make an episode calling out gimmick nests, gel farms, uncle Milton's, ant world, ant maze, Etc. they come under various different names and brands these days but the problems they create are the same, the thinking behind them is out dated, harmful and honestly disgusting in regards to animal welfare, the welfare and needs of the Ants are not considered in these nest designs.
Most of these types of nests, are not even designed to house a Queen, just wild collected workers, which alone is damaging to the eco system and the wild colony they are taken from, Ants provide an important role in our eco system management, taking them pointlessly, needlessly, not to be given a better life and kept as loving pets, but to die in horrific, torturous, nests that are pretty much ghetto work camps.
In the live stream I called for the message to be spread, for other content creators to take up the cause, to band together, to create a better world, higher standards & better husbandry practices when keeping Ants.
Esthetic Ants, answered that call perfectly taking on the whole cause, also being disgusted by what he has been seeing, shocked by how it is accepted, appalled at how people may view the hobby due to it.
On the 16th of May Esthetic went Live with this better version of the message and far superior live stream #goals!
On the 19th of may he summarised the movement #WEDONTAPPROVE.
Remember this is not a movement to spread hate, nobody wants to see people being bashed, the solution is easy, #WEDONTAPPROVE that is all you need to put, if you do not approve of the content your seeing, rather than being a troll, be reasonable, be responsible, be the change you want to see.
Ants & The Colonialist