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This does, however, inadvertently raise a serious issue for vegetarians: how do we reconcile our love for animals with the carnivorousness nature requires of many of them?
When the idea of human-simian descendence began to gain a concrete conceptual reality in the post-1872 French social imaginary, the Rousseauian image of the "Noble Savage" and "Man in the State of Nature" (that is, the early stages of mankind as conceptualized in the eighteenth and prior centuries), gradually degenerated into representions of "primitives" and "savages" who were characterized by physical signs of simian/animal origins, such as small heads, sloping foreheads, hairiness, length and agility of limbs, carnivorousness, and ferocity.
humanizing words into the mouth of a Christian ironically, given the manifest hatred of Christian carnivorousness in A Vindication [of Natural Diet] and '[Essay on the] Vegetable System [of Diet]'" (146).