I have read the Ramayana in English translation. For the Ayodhya Kanda (the part with the most indisputable meat eating), it was the Clay Sanskrit Library version. I know people will say that the translation changes it, but to me when it says that Rama shot a bunch of wild animals and then they ate them, there's no way that that is translated wrong.
Anyways, I haven't read all of these posts, and it all seems like a case of seeing what you want to see. If the Ramayana said something you liked, you would say "good, good, very good, that's what the Ramayana says" if it says something else, that means it is impossible Sanskrit which you are misinterpreting. This transformation of Sanskrit from a language to a mystical code that only Acaryas can possibly understand is quite amazing.
But anyways, here is a SRILA PRABHUPADA QUOTE that I have found. Don't pay attention to my opinions, but I believe this is a genuine Prabhupada quote:
Hrdayananda: So in our varnasrama college the students that come to our college, they follow the four principles... They follow...
Prabhupada: Four principles essential. Essential. But only the sudras or the ksatriyas... Just like ksatriyas, they have to learn how to kill. So practically, they should go to the forest and kill some animal. And if he likes, he can eat also. If he likes. he can eat also.
Hrdayananda: What he kills.
Prabhupada: Yes. But not from the slaughterhouse. Those who are ksatriyas, they can, they’re allowed sometimes to eat meat. It is understood Bhima, Bhima also eating sometimes meat. Bhima. Amongst the Pandavas, only Bhima. Not others. So if the ksatriyas, they want to eat meat, they can be allowed on particular occasions. But they must go to the forest and kill the animal. Not that for meat eating regular slaughterhouses should be maintained. This is all nonsense, degradation. If you want to eat meat, you go to the forest. And the sudras, they also sometimes eat meat. Or the candalas.
This website is the source: hkrl . com /SrilaPrabhupada.html. Sorry, they are preventing me from spamming.
So anyways, yeah. According to Prabhupad, ksatriyas can eat meat. It is OK for them. Rama was a ksatriya. This doesn't mean that we can eat meat, as we are not ksatriyas, but we don't have to pretend that Rama never did it.