I find myself in this position too often. At the bottom of a pile of misguided underlings doing the bidding of a man with plans too big to ever actually succeed. And so, I let the predatory side of my nature do what it will with them.
It's strange, but when human being are particularly savage, we say they are "like animals". But animals are never willfully savage. They are just hungry, or mad with fear, or enraged. We should say "Oh, how like a human that person is being". But we never do.