These people are wrong because the assume watching a snake eating a live rodent will allow you to be close enough to prevent injury.
I almost promise you, that if a live rat was placed into a BP cage, with owner DIRECTLY ABOVE the cage, that rat could in fact take out the snakes eye before any human would have time to even realize what was happening. All it takes it ONE SECOND for teeth to hit an eye, or make a serious bite.
You are right here bud. Keep doing things the way you do because you are the one who is doing it right. I agree with you all the way.