A viral video showing an individual “casting a fire ant colony with molten aluminum” stirred controversy on the Internet this week.

The video, originally uploaded in November, but only gained widespread attention on Dec. 9, shows an individual pour molten aluminum down an ant hill.

The result? An aluminum casting of the ant colony weighing nearly 18 pounds.

But, the artist seems to have come under fire from critics who argue the process is barbaric.

“I disabled comments because I’m sick of your bickering,” the individual wrote in the video’s YouTube description. “Also, I couldn’t get YouTube to stop sending me an email every time someone posted ‘What if I poured aluminum in your house’ for the 100th time.”

At the time of publication, the video had just over 3 million views.

What do you think?

(H/T: Digg)

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