I apologize for being obstinate and thank all contributors for their replies.
I know what Lord Buddha taught about allowed food and I don't question it or disagree with it.
Lord Buddha lived in a time and different culture, where vegetarianism was connected with Brahmins and Jains, and many of Lord Buddha's supporters were Kshatrias and non-vegetarians.
At Lord Buddha's time, the allowed food for the monks was (at least in theory) part of the food cooked in the houses for the (vegetarian or non-vegetarian) householders regular lunch.
What disturbs me is not that monks eat what they are given when they stand for food in a village. I find disturbing when with full knowledge of the monks large quantities of meat, chicken, fish and crabs get bought and specially prepared for the monks. Even more disturbing when the meat is bought by the lay helpers of the monastery and prepared in the monastery kitchen. And still more when the quality of the meat gets discussed by monks and lay helpers at the table etc... (I have been a novice.)
I belief we all know what I am talking about. It is not about the finer points of "allowed food" and "not allowed food"; it is about how things are today. We all know that if a monastery lets it be known that they prefer vegetarian food, the inflow of meat, chicken, fish, crabs etc. stops, and with it the slaughtering of animals for choice dishes to be brought to the monastery on Buddha Days.
While it is not allowed for the monks to say, "please cook crabs for me", I believe it is perfectly right and allowed for monks to preach not-killing.
My two points are still the same:
- Bad nutrition (lots of meats and sweets, no vegetables, at least some fruits).
- It would be wonderful if more monks would OUT OF PITY (with the animals and with the laypeople who could go to hell) teach the laypeople not to kill animals.
I know that to be a monk is a tough. To be a good monk is very tough; I never tried that. Laymen should generally not criticize monks or nuns quickly, but if the lay community is not puttting constant gentle pressure on the Sangha to reform... laypeople's children will get run over by monks in orange Lexus' talking with their bookies on the phone while driving... (just joking, of course).
Let all rules be followed so well as the "allowed meat" rule!
I apologize once more for bringing up this subject.
Let all beings (including crabs) become happy!
PS: Where is the "allowed money" rule? (just joking, of course)
The Noble Eightfold Path: Proposed to all, imposed on none.