Why Insult the Animals?

Why compare terrorists to “animals”? It seems to me to be quite an insult to our furry friends, even the predators, who hunt for food but never approach our crazy human carnage, racism, cultural biases, baseless hatred, corruption and mendacity. Homo Sapiens are the shameful species, now bent on destroying our very planet, much less one another. Who could count the suffering and senseless deaths human against human? It is incalculable. And we have just about wiped out those predator “animals” we like to use as an example of “evil,” to boot. I think our species could better be named Home Stultus.