In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Acyutananda: Yes, one girl, she is Hindu, but she is studying in a convent. And they were catching butterflies in the garden. So the head sister said, “No, don’t harm them because they are God’s creatures.” So she said, “Well, why do you eat meat?” So the sister left, but she failed her. She failed her in her classes. She gave her a failing grade, because she spoke back to her.
Kirtanananda: It means they have no philosophy.
Prabhupada: No philosophy. No authority, no philosophy.
Kirtanananda: If they say, “One living entity has soul and another living entity doesn’t,” what is the difference? What is the principle of movement, they don’t know.
Prabhupada: What is that idea? I do not follow.
Acyutananda: The girl embarrassed the sister by saying that “You say that we shouldn’t harm these insects, but you eat meat.” So the sister didn’t say anything, but on the girl’s examinations and during her classes the sister gave her failing marks, to cut down her outspokenness.
Prabhupada: Failing marks? Means less…?
Acyutananda: Yes, she failed her in the class.
Kirtanananda: Because she asked, “Why do you eat meat?”
Prabhupada: Just see.
Acyutananda: She couldn’t answer her philosophically, so she got back by failing her.
Prabhupada: So there are so many members of the society against cruelty to animals. But they are all meat-eaters.
[An excerpt from a room conversation in Bombay on September 19, 1973]