New British bank notes fall foul of vegetarians

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Britain’s new plastic five-pound notes, bearing the portrait of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, have fallen foul of thousands of people who object to the use of animal fats in their manufacture.

An online petition against the notes, started by campaigner Doug Maw, was signed by more than 13,000 supporters in less than 24 hours, reports Reuters.

“This is unacceptable to millions of vegans and vegetarians in the UK,” Maw wrote in the online petition.

“We demand that you cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use,” the petition continued, adding that some religious groups may also object.

The Bank of England confirmed that tallow, which contains animal fats, is used in the production of the new currency, and said the substance was also commonly used in candles and soap.

“We can confirm that the polymer pellet from which the base substrate is made contains a trace of a substance known as tallow,” a Bank spokeswoman said.

The new, light-blue five pound notes are worth just over $6 and were introduced in September. They are smaller and stronger, with more security features than their predecessors, with the aim of making them harder to counterfeit.

Rafiuzzaman Sifat

Md. Rafiuzzaman Sifat, a CSE graduate turned into journalist, works at News Hour as a staff reporter. He has many years of experience in featured writing in different Bangladeshi newspapers. He is an active blogger, story writer and social network activist. He published a book named 'Se Amar Gopon' inEkushe boi mela Dhaka 2016. Sifat got a BSc. from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. He also works as an Engineer at Bangla Trac Communications Ltd. As an avid traveler and a gourmet food aficionado, he is active in publishing restaurant reviews and cutting-edge articles about culinary culture.
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