Some people think the Dalai Lama is a hypocrite. They say that he cannot be a Buddhist monk, or he cannot be enlightened, if he eats meat. To me the Dalai Lama is a man, and to me it does not appear that he is enlightened. Privileged, yes. Fulfilled. He has lived a blessed life and it is his duty to speak for what is right. What a wonderful duty to have, except when it's not utterly clear what is right. As in with eating meat.
I do not know if a person has to abstain from meat to become enlightened. It might be true. I have not seen enlightenment yet. And I do know that I feel different based on what and how much meat I eat. I can reach a cleaner and clearer state of mind on a light vegetarian diet. But I do not know how long my body would remain happy while my mind was enjoying the unpolluted atmosphere. I wonder if Buddhist belief that vegetarian is essential for enlightenment is based in long experience with meditation. Perhaps there is a difference in the quality of spiritual experience based on diet that underlies the belief. Just a theory.
the International Vegetarian Union seems to be tracking the mans diet carefully: