This is the difference between a "WILDlife photographer and someone who takes pictures at the zoo.
There is nothing wrong with taking pictures at a Zoo.
There is nothing wrong with taking pictures at the back yard feeder.
What is unethical is when you present your pictures as real "wildlife" taken in a natural setting.
But, in the end of the day, if a commercial photographer is assigned a task of getting a specific shot that an advertising or marketing manager wants of a leopard or wildcat stalking a prey and it has to be to ready for press on friday, t
The sad thing about your example is that images of wildlife have become such a basic commodity. Currently on Getty, if you search for a lion image, there are 17,701 results...and they are mostly fantastic shots.
I'm not criticizing you or your comment, I'm just lamenting the fact that there's a lot of "been there done that" in photography now days as a result of the digital camera revolution.