Currency change has now become a contentious topic in the UK. The Bank of England's new plastic 5-pound note is stronger, cleaner and safer — but apparently not suitable for vegetarians.
Upon confrontation, the bank accepted that the new five-pound bill contains animal fat.
@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
An online petition against the notes has been getting attention since Wednesday. It has already gained 116,682 supporters. The petition says the use of tallow is "unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the UK."
The Bank of Canada says their bank notes also have tallow, according to a CBC report.
However, the Bank of England, in a statement, said that they did not know about it when the contract was signed. "Innovia – the company that makes the banknote – is now working intensively with its supply chain and will keep the bank informed on progress towards potential solutions," the statement read.
— Bank of England (@bankofengland) December 1, 2016