Yes, I concede I do have a very text-driven approach as well as an inherent wariness of the inconsistencies that arise from each teacher having their own unique interpretation of the Dharma, and in turn, concern over the ability to rely and commit solely on a single one of these unique interpretations.
I agree with retro, but then again I'm a Theravadin too. I prefer textual analysis too, for the same reasons that otherwise you will have a plethora of views, while textual analysis can get closer to the Buddha's original intent.
The Mahayana text -- Lankavatara Sutra is very explicit in its condemnation of meat eating:
"Bhagavan, people who eat meat are destroying the great merciful seed of their own, thus the people who practice the holy Way should not eat meat. "
"Those who renounce the flavor of meat can taste the flavors of the true Dharmas, truthfully practice the Bhumi(stage)s of Bodhisattva, and attain Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi quickly. They can then make all living beings enter the resting-place of Sravaka(voice-hearer) and pratyeka-buddha(self-enlightened one), and after that make them enter the stage of Tathagata."
Therefore, Bodhisattvas practice according to the truth, in order to enlighten all living beings, they should not eat meat."http://yzzj.fodian.net/World/671_16.html