The United Kingdom recently released a new £5 note with new security measures to try and put a stop to counterfeiters. But recently, a rumor started that the polymer of the note contained traces of tallow, a hard fatty substance made from rendered animal fat, often used in candles and soap.
The Bank of England, the UK’s central bank, confirmed the suspicions on Twitter when asked by a vegan if the claims were accurate.
@SteffiRox there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pellets used in the base substrate of the polymer £5 notes
— Bank of England (@bankofengland) November 28, 2016
And this realization hasn’t gone down well with the vegans of Twitter.
— Steffi Rox (@SteffiRox) November 29, 2016
— Angela (@mizzaggie) November 28, 2016
— Aberystwyth Greens (@green_aber) November 28, 2016
@bankofengland That’s pretty shitty of you guys. Canadian plastic cash ain’t got Tallow so I dont see why you guys DO?!
— liiam (@LiiamDnBRaver) November 29, 2016
While others were quick to criticize those that were outraged.
— Mr Kwacky (@Mr_Kwacky) November 29, 2016
— Jay Silva (@jaysilvauk) November 29, 2016
— DarienD (@fco1922) November 29, 2016
A petition calling on the Bank of England to come up with a new design that doesn’t contain tallow has so far attracted 55,000 signatures.
The petition, started by Doug Maw, reads:
“The new £5 notes contain animal fat in the form of tallow. This is unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the U.K.”
“We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use.”
What do you think should happen?