Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "When you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you." This book peers into the depths of the human psyche in order to answer a festering question of good and evil, truth and illusion . . . Why does humankind have such a fervor for victimizing animals?--victimizing them in slaughterhouses, in laboratories, on land and sea, for the satisfaction of appetites both holy and unholy? What we find once we gaze deeply enough, and earnestly enough, is something that Carl Jung called the shadow--a hidden crucible of human behavior in which the angels and demons of our nature merge. The journey through this book, into the shadow world of animal victimization, may not always be an easy one, but it should ultimately be a liberating and eye-opening one.