Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: In the depths of N'Kai
I've given my input about this subject many times, so I'll keep it short: the animal is not you. You are veg*n. The animal is not, and there is no way it will be. If the animal is not to die, it must be fed what it eats.
The best solution to this problem would be to give the crickets good care. If you have mealworms, don't refrigerate them. You can look up an easy way to care for them and even breed them to get more, or just dumping them in a jar and feeding them carrots is okay too. I like to make sure that the prey has a fair chance - the crickets have the entire cage to roam around, plenty of hiding spaces, water to drink, moss to eat (and carrots/lettuce sometimes). Of course the gecko will most likely find them before they die of natural causes, but they do, in no terms, have bad lives before they die.
So basically, it's a necessary evil, emphasis on the term necessary, and it's not really even evil actually, it's just our closest approximation to the way things work in the wild.
Enjoying the view over at http://forum.veggieviews.com/