If you believe you are at the top of the food chain, know that you are living food for the mosquito, tape worm, E. coli, the commensals, any number of hosts of micro-cellular organisms, and at the end, the Yew tree and all trees, the grass, vultures , carrion beetles and other members of the so-called lower orders that enjoy you in perpetuity, along with the maggots that often enjoy the gift we finally give.
The so- called lower order of the food chain just completes the circle of life as we eventually embrace and enter the mineral world, when that erstwhile flesh and bone rises again in new vegetation. Therefore it is hard to call any feeder a lower order since we all are part of the wheel of life.
There is no humiliation in this matter. How can there be any humiliation when we are one with Mother Nature and Human Nature? The sin in the garden of Eden was in believing that we were different from the garden and could eat freely from the Tree of Knowledge, thinking we were different from the tree. That is; of another substance than the tree, rather than being content to linger for our little while in the shade of The Tree of Life.