Serafine, bro how old are you? I really want to know.
My age is none of your business but judging by the age average of the english-speaking antkeeping community it is likely that I'm twice as old as you are.
When he brought up parrots and parakeets, I lost it. Almost fell out of my chair.
I brought up parrots and parakeets as an example that I'm absolutely NOT okay with the laws my country has regarding animals.
I did so because YOU implied that I am solely responsible for my country's laws and would appreciate them in every way which is just not true. In fact most of Germany's laws concerning animals are pretty terrible (except about those animals that are actually protected where they are extremely strict).
He's using the forests and road length example as a demonstration of how fully artificial the German landscape is, and in that sense it's 100% on topic.
Exactly - many people seem to think that when they stand in the middle of a german wood and can't see the next road or concrete block house that what they're looking at is actually nature when it is NOT. In fact every central european wood is nothing but a huge tree garden tailored and tended to by an army of foresters, hunters, woodcutters and other related staff.
Central Europe doesn't have any national parks that have been unscathed by human activity for millennia and are actually worth protecting, there's nothing left worth to protect in central europe that isn't an artificial or cultural construct in the first place.
I feel like you're purposefully trying to ignore the point he's making.
That's nothing new. It's pretty much the same with every discussion touching any unpleasant topic related to antkeeping.
There are some people that are immediately triggered by any discussion about the problematic sides of antkeeping, especially when it involves any criticism of GAN or AC. GAN is selling invasive ants potentially breaking laws in the process? That's none of your business, how dare you criticize them when your country has a FREE PASS regarding exotic ants (because obviously a country's laws are the fault of everyone living in it). AC making a video showing half a million underaged kids that it's okay to dump (mite-infected) invasive ants into their garden when they can't be bothered to care for them anymore? Not so bad, also this forum isn't the right place to talk about it. If a forum dedicated to antkeeping in all it's shape and forms isn't the right place to talk about it, what place is?
And to be clear, I (and probably several others as could be seen in the discussion surrounding the Pharao ant video) would have never gone so ballistic towards GAN if the AC staff hadn't been constantly bragging so hard about the moral high ground they see themselves floating on, even outright insulting all keepers of exotic ants in a video not too long ago by diving the antkeeping community into team native ants (which are supposed to be the good guys) and the (bad bad) team exotic ants.
That's preaching water while drinking whine (actually after that Pharao ant thing it's probably more like drinking naval rum) and you shouldn't be surprised to be called out if you can't stand up to your own standards.
In fact this rising culture of denial has lead to a growing split in the antkeeping community with a vast amount of users from the Antkeeping Discord participating less and less in Formiculture discussions, slowly turning the forum into an echo chamber for those who are denying any problematic sides of antkeeping.
For a good part of the more adult antkeeping community AC has lost it's moral credibility, I can only hope the Formiculture community doesn't go the same way.
p.s. There also seems to be a strange schizophrenia when it comes to the value of experience where people claim others shouldn't participate in any discussion beyond their local area due "lack of personal experience" yet the same people have shouted down Terry in the discussion about Sunburst, a product he has spent years to develop, test and refine "because every antkeeper with a working brain can achieve the same by just dumping some sodium benzoate powder in a cup of sugar water". Apparently personal experience is only required when talking about a subject certain people do not want to talk about.
Do you see any of us from the US hang out in European or German ant forums [...]
Maybe you should. You'd probably be surprised how the strong the tendency towards keeping native ants (or at least ants from Europe) actually is despite people having a FREE PASS that theoretically allows them to keep ants from any place in the world. In fact ants that are not from Europe are still a clear minority, most popular are species from southern Europe due to their hibernation habits (and the fact that there are few harvester ant species in central europe, I think the rare Messor structor is the only one) as well as the omni-pesent Lasius niger/flavus and Formica fusca.
Also the age average of the european/german antkeeping community is probably around twice as high (something around 25-35 years) as the age average in the english-speaking antkeeping community which makes for a very noticeable difference in almost every aspect.
Finally, to rail back onto topic, I think it's an important part of this project to consider it's stance on which ants to sell when it comes to sales outside of the US. You can either copy local law (which means people from Europe could put up any species of ant except those that are actually protected), go for an extremely strict stance (only native ants that have been caught locally can be sold to only people from that same country) or try to find a reasonable middle ground (like allowing ants from the same continent only and also avoid species that could potentially be invasive pest, like Argentine ants and Solenopsis invicta/geminata fire ants, despite the laws would actually allow for sales of those). Whatever stance you choose though, you'll have to keep to it.
And again, if want to be successful at any place outside of North America (where there essentially is no competition) pretty much the only way you can achieve that is by absolute transparency to assure that customers get only best quality ants, because this transparency is the only thing that traditional ant shops cannot offer. In the end your "store"/trading page would probably look and feel more like the web presence of an animal adoption center but as far as I'm informed that was the plan anyway.