Many Instances, In The Visuddhimagga, Reveal The Facts That The Traditional Theravada Buddhist Monks Are Not Vegetarians.
@Visuddhimagga (I,78): Indirect talk is talk that keeps near [to the subject]. And here there should be told the story of the bhikkhu supported by a family. A bhikkhu, it seems, who was supported by a family went into the house wanting to eat and sat down. The mistress of the house was unwilling to give. On seeing him she said, 'There is no rice', and she went to a neighbour's house as though to get rice. The bhikkhu went into the . Looking round, he saw sugarcane in the corner behind the door, sugar in a bowl, a string of salt fish
in a basket, rice in a jar, and ghee in a pot. He came out and sat down. When the housewife came back, she said, 'I did not get any rice'. The bhikkhu said, 'Lay follower, I saw a sign just now that alms will not be easy to get today'.— 'What, venerable sir?' — 'I saw a snake that was like sugarcane put in the corner behind the door; looking for something to hit it with, I saw a stone like a lump of sugar in a bowl. When the snake had been hit with the clod, it spread out a hood like a string of salt fish
in a basket, and its teeth as it tried to bite the clod were like rice grains in a jar. Then the saliva mixed with poison that came out to its mouth in its fury was like ghee put in a pot'. She thought, 'There is no hoodwinking the shaveling', so she gave him the sugarcane and she cooked the rice and gave it all to him with the ghee, the sugar and the fish
----Visuddhimagga‧I.description of virtue‧78.Indirect talkhttp://thepathofpurification.blogspot.t ... -i-78.html