Re: "... as if they are ..."
You have to bear in mind that in your excerpt, "as if they are beasts" comes directly after "... will hunt and kill others" so it's all referring to the future.
Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn
She looks as if she is rich = Her appearance suggests that she probably has a lot of money (maybe she is wearing expensive clothes, diamond jewellery, Jimmy Choo shoes).
She looks as if she was rich = I can't really think of a situation where I would say this. It suggests that she looks (now) as if she was (used to be) rich, but I can't really imagine how someone would give the impression of having been rich in the past but not rich now.
She looked as if she was rich = this is simply "She looks as if she is rich" but reported as a past event.
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