It's is mostly about what people disapproved of, but also about the danger of being attacked by wild animals.Ten Kinds of Meat
- Human flesh (not helpful for arousing faith in those who have no faith)
- Elephant flesh (a symbol of royalty, and the king might disapprove)
- Horse flesh (a symbol of royalty, and the king might disapprove)
- Dog's flesh (disgusting)
- Snake flesh (disgusting, and some nāgas might harm the monks)
- Lion's flesh (danger from lions)
- Tiger's flesh (danger from tigers)
- Panther/leopard's flesh (danger from panthers)
- Bear's flesh (danger from bears)
- Hyena's flesh (danger from hyenas).
In Burma, Beef is also not often eaten by monks, largely due to the influence of Venerable Ledi Sayādaw.Cow Dhamma
It's not prohibited by the Vinaya rule, as long as it is free from the three defects, but the Suttanta clearly show the debt of gratitude owed to cows who provide milk, and labour to till the land, thresh the crop, and transport the crop to market. When the Sayādaw was teaching (and in the Buddha's time of course), there were no diesel tractors or petrol vehicles. All the hard work was done by domestic draught animals.