"A lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison."
— AN 5.177
My primary concern here is regarding "business in meat". I myself am vegan; ideally I would prefer to not work anywhere that serves or sells animal products of any kind. But I live in San Francisco, a large city with a high cost of living, and jobs which both pay well and conform to these ethical standards are hard to find. For that reason I am willing to forsake the demands of strict veganism, but I am not willing to breach right livelihood. Therefore I am curious as to what exactly constitutes business in meat - does this include working as a server in a business which serves meat, or a delivery person who brings meat from one place to another? I have been working for postmates, a 3rd party delivery app, and while I am neither selling nor buying meat, in doing so I am a middleman who helps customers purchase meat. There is also a cafe just a couple blocks from my apartment which I would very much like to work at but they serve meat.
So essentially my question is does this category of wrong livelihood only apply to those who own businesses in meat or does it include anyone who works for such businesses? I would like to assume the strictest interpretation possible, I don't want to be overly lenient & assume I am exempted if that may not be the case.